Mark Sangiao remains positive despite ‘busy, tough’ road

By Jun Ray Navarres

Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao soaks up pressure going into heavy matchups for his fighters as the stable returns to the Circle in consecutive events this November and December.

Initially Lakay warriors will only compete in the December card where reigning ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua Pacio will defend his belt against Jarred Brooks.

Now, bantamweight contenders Kevin Belingon and Stepen Loman are also scheduled in ONE Fight Night 4: Abbasov vs Lee on Nov 19 at Singapore Indoor Stadium.

The pressure builds up as more fighters now need to be readied for their respective match up.

Yet Sangiao is embracing all the pressure and plans to ride on it going into the fights.

“Much pressure, but who says pressure is not good? We are taking the pressure as a strong force pushing us to train well today and train better tomorrow,” said Sangiao.

“Overwhelmed, yes I am. My hands sweat every time I see the fight matches for Singapore this November and December in Manila. But we are warriors from the mountains, we take every fight as a hunting game.”

Loman, the no.4-ranked bantamweight contender, will have the biggest fight of his career when he faces former ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano Fernandes at ONE Fight Night 4.

Belingon, on the other hand will welcome Kim Jae Woong in the division as the former no. 1 featherweight moves to the 145 lbs weight class.

Meanwhile, ONE 164 looks to return to Manila for Pacio v Brooks.

Geje Eustaquio, Danny Kingad, Jeremy Pacatiw, and Jenelyn Olsim will condition the mood for the strawweight top clash.

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