ONE Championship: ‘Starter’ Edward Kelly looks to set the tone at ONE: DAWN OF HEROES
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 08, 2019 06:31 PM
“I hope we go 4-0. If we start right, then my teammates will certainly be encouraged to show up in the next bouts.” - Edward Kelly
Filipino knockout artist Edward "The Ferocious" Kelly is aiming to boost Team Lakay's morale in Manila by bagging an inspiring victory when he takes on Xie "The Stalker" Bin of China.
The pair is slated to meet on the undercard of ONE: DAWN OF HEROES on 2 August at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Kelly will be the first of four mixed martial artists from the fabled Team Lakay who is scheduled to compete that evening and he knows the implications of having to compete first among his stablemates.
“I know that I have to get the win whatever it takes so that I can set the tone and compose my teammates moving forward,” said Kelly.
Kelly will be joined by former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard "Landslide" Folayang, who takes on former Lightweight World Champion Eddie "The Underground King" Alvarez in a Lightweight Superbout.
Former ONE Featherweight World Champion Honorio "The Rock" Banario and flyweight prospect Danny "The King" Kingad are also set to feature in the ONE Lightweight and Flyweight World Grand Prix respectively.
The 35-year-old concedes that there may very well be pressure in competing first, but he would rather use it as a motivation entering his next match.
“I am thinking that it could be added pressure for me to win cause I’ll be fighting first but I am taking it as a challenge to train harder so I can give the first victory to the team,” said Kelly.
“Our training has been really fun. We’re working at the same time and we have our two ‘big guys’ Eduard Folayang and Honorio Banario with us.”
All talks aside, "The Ferocious" knows that beating Xie would not be a walk in the park. The Chinese, after all, is on six-bout winning streak and has beaten five of his opponents by either knockout or submission.
But should he emerge victorious on the night of 2 August, Kelly believes that it will mark the start of a clean sweep for the Baguio-based martial arts team.
“I hope we go 4-0. If we start right, then my teammates will certainly be encouraged to show up in the next bouts.”