ONE Championship: Make or break for Honorio Banario as he returns to featherweight

ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 26, 2020 04:31 PM
Make or break for Banario as he returns to featherweight
“After two years, I dealt with injuries and I felt heavier even if I was in peak condition, so I decided to move back down to a more natural weight,” - Honorio Banario

After weeks of strenuous preparation, it is now the moment of truth for Honorio “The Rock” Banario.

All the hard work that Banario has put in will be put to the test when he battles Shannon “OneShin” Wiratchai at ONE: KING OF THE JUNGLE this Friday, 28 February, at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. 

“For me, this is everything,” Banario said. 

“All these times, I’ve put in all the work necessary to make sure I make a victorious return to the featherweight division. I’ve doubled my effort in everything during training sessions, and I hope to showcase these improvements [against Wiratchai].”

“The Rock” has been contemplating a return to his old weight class for a long time, especially after his recent struggles in the lightweight division, where he lost four of his last five bouts. 

The Mankayan, Benguet native’s problems in the past have been two-fold — he has not only struggled with his fitness, he also admitted to having a hard time competing against bigger men. 

So when he got submitted by Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki at ONE: CENTURY PART II last October, Banario knew he had to make his move. 

“After two years, I dealt with injuries and I felt heavier even if I was in peak condition, so I decided to move back down to a more natural weight,” Banario said. 

“Even before my last bout, I wanted to move to featherweight. However, I couldn’t pass on the chance to compete against a legend like Shinya (Aoki).

“I believe that moving to featherweight will help bring the best out of me. It also motivates me to work even harder, especially after competing in lightweight for quite a while. I can’t relax in my training.”

But all those struggles are in the past now and “The Rock” just cannot wait for this fresh opportunity in a division where he cemented his name by winning the inaugural ONE Featherweight World Title. 

With time to prepare and his morale unaffected, Banario promises a better performance in The Lion City.

“Here, I am faster, more explosive, and the fans will surely enjoy an exciting match between two hungry veterans looking to make a statement to start the year.”

ONE Championship returns to The Lion City for ONE: KING OF THE JUNGLE this Friday, 28 February, at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. 

Two more Filipinos take center stage that night as Mark “Tyson” Fairtex Abelardo battles “Pretty Boy” Troy Worthen, and Denice “The Menace Fairtex” Zamboanga takes on Mei “V.V” Yamaguchi all on the lead card. 

 

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