ONE Championship: Team Lakay's Honorio Banario and Mark Sangiao share their closed-door event experience

ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 26, 2020 01:38 PM
ONE: Banario, Sangiao share closed-door event experience
“It’s like we’re just sparring, the instructions are clear because you can hear your coach clearly. There isn't any pressure and I believe it turned out good for me.” - Honorio Banario on closed-door events

ONE Championship Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong recently announced nine more events following ONE: NO SURRENDER, which is set for 31 July in Bangkok, Thailand. 

Sityodtong marked the 14th, 21st, and 28th of August; the 11th, 18th, and 25th of September; and the 9th, 16th, and 30th of October as the event days. 

Those shows will take place behind closed doors as a safety measure for the COVID-19 pandemic. 

But what is it like competing in a closed-door environment when ONE athletes are used to sold-out arenas and interactive fans?

Honorio “The Rock” Banario, who competed at ONE’s first closed door event, ONE: KING OF THE JUNGLE, said that he had to make a few minor adjustments. 

“I had a good experience about it actually,” Banario said. “It’s like we’re just sparring, the instructions are clear because you can hear your coach clearly. There isn't any pressure and I believe it turned out good for me.” 

His head coach, Mark Sangiao, echoed Banario’s sentiments, though he admits that he found it odd at first, having coached in front of the liveliest crowds all over Asia. 

“Because we’re all so used to having a crowd, it was weird at first. You can hear a pin drop there because it was so silent,” Sangiao said.  “But it turned out to be good. There’s less pressure on the athlete, and we were able to communicate well, but other than that nothing’s really changed.”

ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion Rodtang “The Iron Man” Jitmuangnon and his challenger Petchdam “The Baby Shark” Petchyindee Academy will get to experience headlining a closed-door event, though Rodtang promises to deliver a show for the fans watching from afar on the 31st. 

The ONE Featherweight Muay Thai World Title will likewise be at stake as Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy defends his strap against “The Boxing Computer” Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex. 

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