ONE Championship: Team Lakay's Edward Kelly hopes to end the year with a bang in Beijing
ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 04, 2019 09:39 AM
“I have a lot of plans next year. I want to enter title contention, so that’s why I’ll do everything to win in China." - Edward Kelly
The Team Lakay mainstay will look to end the year with a bang when he takes on Tang in his backyard at ONE: AGE OF DRAGONS at the Cadillac Arena in Beijing, China on 16 November.
With 14 knockout wins between the two featherweights, Kelly urges fans not to blink in this match.
“He’s a really good athlete. I noticed that we have the same style that favors striking. That’s why I believe this will be a good match,” the 35-year-old said.
“I don’t think this match is going to the final bell. We both have power so whoever connects clean first will likely get that KO win.”
The Bataan-based martial artist has had an up and down year. He suffered two losses to ONE Lightweight World Champion Christian “The Warrior” Lee and “The Stalker” Xie Bin, and he picked up one win against Sung Jong Lee.
Knowing the importance of this match, “The Ferocious” will incorporate all the lessons he has learned in the past against the dangerous Tang, who has won all of his eight matches by KO or TKO.
“I’m really excited and thankful for this match, especially since I am coming off a loss. This is a good opportunity for me to bounce back and finish my year with a win,” the Team Lakay athlete said.
“It’s my fourth match this year and I’ve certainly picked up a lot in those matches. I want to show the things that I worked for – I hope I get to show those improvements.”
Understanding that he is not getting any younger, “The Ferocious” has to make a move now if he wants to climb the ranks of the featherweight division.
“I’ll give everything in this match. I’ve been inconsistent this year so that’s why I want to end the year right,” Kelly said.
“I have a lot of plans next year. I want to enter title contention, so that’s why I’ll do everything to win in China."
Don't miss ONE: AGE OF DRAGONS on Saturday, November 16th, on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23!