ONE Championship: Honorio Banario out to prove he isn't 'done' yet
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 08, 2019 06:27 PM
“Lightweight division is one of the best divisions in ONE Championship, and I have no plans of wasting this opportunity, especially since I’m just two wins away from a World Title shot once again.” - Honorio Banario
Former ONE Featherweight World Champion Honorio “The Rock” Banario seeks to erase the memory of his previous struggles when he shares the ONE Circle with deadly knockout artist Timofey Nastyukhin in the semi-finals of the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix
The two are set to collide on the undercard of ONE: DAWN OF HEROES which takes place at the Mall Of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines on Friday, 2 August.
The winner will be facing Saygid “Dagi” Guseyn Arslanaliev in the finals of the aforementioned eight-man tournament, with the winner getting a shot at the ONE Lightweight crown.
Banario is coming off a first-round TKO loss at the hands of undefeated American Lowen Tynanes at ONE: HERO’S ASCENT last January, but he got his second chance when Tynanes pulled out due to an injury.
Now the 29-year old vows to prove that he’s more than just a replacement in this tournament - he’s a legitimate threat.
“This is the perfect opportunity for me to bounce back. I want to show to everyone that I am not done yet, that I am still one of the best in the lightweight division and I have a lot more to offer in my career,” said Banario.
“I am just so thankful to ONE Championship for this opportunity. I really want to win this fight. I want to be a champion again and that’s why I’ll do everything ‘til I reach the top,” he added. “We did not start on a bright note this year and I don’t want to lose again - especially that I’ll be competing again in front of my countrymen.”
In his quest for redemption, Banario made some crucial adjustments in his game and it helps that his team is also improving ten-folds for the big night on August.
“Right now it’s all about conditioning, then touching on my overtall game. I think you’ll see all the adjustments on August,” said Banario.
“We have a great environment in the gym. Everyone’s helping each other out. We’re all focused. We take our assignments seriously, especially the people competing in August.”
With the amount of time and energy that he has put into training, Banario is driven to redeem his status as one of the most exciting lightweights in the world.
“Lightweight division is one of the best divisions in ONE Championship, and I have no plans of wasting this opportunity, especially since I’m just two wins away from a World Title shot once again.”