ONE Championship: Honorio Banario already a winner even before ONE: DAWN OF HEROES
ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 06, 2019 03:31 PM
“My focus shifted on them. But I mean, it’s no excuse. I should be a professional, it’s part of the challenges,” - Honorio Banario
Honorio “The Rock” Banario dropped a decision loss to “Crazy Dog” Dae Sung Park at ONE: DAWN OF HEROES last Friday at the Mall Of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.
But little does the audience know that the former ONE Featherweight World Champion from Team Lakay was already a big winner even before he climbed into the ring.
Moments before Banario marked his return to the ring, his wife Jessica gave birth to their first-born son, Zeus Thorinstone.
“I couldn’t sleep at night, I was worried of course,” Banario said.
“We were thinking of different things. It’s my first baby. I wasn’t even thinking of my match anymore, maybe it’s because it’s my first time and things are really overwhelming.”
Banario barely slept after he learned that his wife went to labor the night before the big event. He did all he could while Jessica was in the hospital, closely monitoring the developments of his wife’s delivery.
“The Rock” finally had a sigh of relief when he received word that his partner successfully delivered a healthy baby boy at lunch time. He admitted that his big day as a father took his eye off the ball as he momentarily forgot that he had a match in the evening.
“My focus shifted on them. But I mean, it’s no excuse. I should be a professional, it’s part of the challenges,” Banario said.
“Of course I’m still [disappointed] with the outcome, but I survived and now we’re moving forward.”
“The Rock” took another loss and his dream of becoming a World Champion again moves further away thanks to his latest defeat. Despite all of it, Banario remained in good spirits as he felt like more than a champion for becoming a dad.
“I have the best trophy, as they say. I am not thinking about the results,” Banario said.
“I gave my best. I entertained the people. It’s just that we fell short. We’ll go back to the gym, work on my game, and bounce back next time. But for now, I can’t wait to return to Baguio cause they’re waiting for me."