ONE Championship: Kevin Belingon looking for own comeback story in fourth bout against Fernandes
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 01, 2019 03:30 PM
“It’s hard to leave this to the judges because there would be doubts there. I have to get that knockout win.” - Kevin Belingon
Former ONE Bantamweight World Champion Kevin "The Silencer" Belingon is drawing inspiration from his teammate and current ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua "The Passion" Pacio ahead of his fourth encounter with Bibiano "The Flash" Fernandes.
The final chapter of the storied rivalry between the Filipino spitfire and the current ONE Bantamweight World Champion is slated to take place at ONE: CENTURY on 13 October at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan.
"The Silencer" has been patiently waiting for his turn to redeem himself ever since seeing Pacio reclaime his ONE Strawweight World Title by knocking out Yosuke "The Ninja" Saruta in the fourth round at ONE: ROOTS OF HONOR last April.
Belingon is ecstatic to write his own comeback story, as he hopes to bring the gold-plated strap back to the mountains of Baguio where he feels it truly belongs.
“This is so important for us,” said Belingon.
“If we get the belt back, I think it will prove that we’re number one in Asia. I am inspired by Joshua cause he got his belt back. Now I have to get mine back and bring it home in Baguio.”
Belingon has already been at the gym to stay in shape even before the bout was officially announced, knowing the day of reckoning is just around the corner.
After three meetings with Fernandes, touted as the most dominant World Champion in ONE Championship history, the Filipino wushu specialist can confidently state that he is now familiar with what his opponent is capable of inside the Circle.
“More than ever, I am familiar with Bibiano. His style, the way he moves, I already know what to expect and what I’ll do in our fourth match,” shared Belingon.
“For our gameplan, I’m leaving it to coach Mark Sangiao so I can effectively counter his striking and takedowns.”
Eager to end the rivalry once and for all, the Kiangan, Mountain Province native says that he would look for a decisive finish on the evening of 13 October.
“Hard to tell how it will end, but I’m looking for a knockout so that all talks will be settled,” said Belingon. “It’s hard to leave this to the judges because there would be doubts there. I have to get that knockout win.”