ONE Championship: Team Lakay head coach Sangiao wary of Catalan's striking in title bout against Pacio

ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 29, 2019 04:07 PM
Sangiao wary of Catalan's striking in title bout vs. Pacio
"You can’t underestimate Rene because his hands have already been proven, particularly his left hand,” - Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao (Photo courtesy of ONE Championship)

Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao is on the lookout for Rene "The Challenger" Catalan’s powerful left hand in the all-Filipino World Title showdown. 

Sangiao’s prized pupil – Joshua "The Passion" Pacio – defends his ONE Strawweight World Title against the 40-year-old at ONE: MASTERS OF FATE on 8 November at the Mall Of Asia Arena in Manila.

“Now this is a good fight. You can’t underestimate Rene because his hands have already been proven, particularly his left hand,” Sangiao said. 

But hands aside, Catalan’s ground game has also been improving over the years. He demonstrated that against former ONE Strawweight World Champion Yoshitaka "Nobita" Naito at ONE: REIGN OF VALOR in March.

But Sangiao spots some weakness in Catalan’s game and thinks his age will play a factor in the match. 

“We’re looking for weaknesses in Rene. We’ve seen some, and I think we should also consider his age. That’s where we’ll work on him,” Sangiao said, looking to capitalize on his 23-year-old’s youth. 

“We’ll treat this as the same. Whether you’re a Filipino or not, wherever we are, we’ll have to prepare for it,” he said. “He has to treat this fight as if it is his last.”

 

Catch ONE: MASTERS OF FATE live on Friday, November 8th LIVE on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23 on LIVESTREAM via the ABS-CBN Sports Facebook Page and on iWant starting at 8:30 PM.

ONE: MASTERS OF FATE will also air on Sunday's Best on November 17th, Sunday, at 11:30 PM with local commentatry from Anton Roxas and Theo Castillo

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