Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio is expected to have his hands full in his defense of the coveted ONE Flyweight World Championship on Friday, 25 January.
The 29-year-old native of Baguio City, Philippines is set to collide with Brazilian arch-nemesis Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes in the first trilogy bout in ONE Championship history.
The contest will serve as the main event of ONE: HERO’S ASCENT, which emanates from the 20,000-capacity Mall Of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.
As a tough test awaits Eustaquio in his rubber match against Moraes, he never had to look far to find motivation to keep the intricately-crafted belt around his waist.
The celebrated Team Lakay member is being fueled by his four-year-old son Castiel Achilles Gerard Eustaquio, or Cage for short.
“He is my ultimate golden strap. He means the world to me,” Eustaquio says.
“Cage is a very energetic kid. I love living with him because he is the one that fuels me to push myself every single day.”
According to Eustaquio, Cage gives him an extra jolt of energy that has helped him get through some rough days.
“Every time I see my son, I feel so refreshed. He gives me joy inside my heart that can’t be bought. He can’t be replaced in my life,” he states.
Eustaquio cherishes every moment he shares with his son as it is something that he did not have while growing up.
His father moved to South Korea, sacrificing quality time with his family in order to better provide for their future.
“My dad and I didn’t bond so much when I was a kid. That’s why I am taking every chance this time with him,” Eustaquio mentions.
“I try to be there for Cage most of the time. I send him to school. I fetch him from school. We play. We go to the park. We tour around. We go to the mountains.”
However, Eustaquio admits that their usual father-and-son bonding ever were lessen ever since winning the ONE Flyweight World Title last year.
“Now as a World Champion, I have to divide my time. I have to spend four hours in the gym,” he bares.
“I make it up to him by sparing at least a few hours with him in the morning. It’s just me and him together, knowing his thoughts and sharing mine.”
Eustaquio makes it a point to explain his absence, especially when he has an upcoming bout.
“I always tell him that I am doing this for him. I fight now, so he does not need to fight in the future, in order to have a better life,” he says.
While most combat sports athletes would wish that their kids rather not follow in their footsteps, Eustaquio believes otherwise.
It would give “Gravity” nothing but joy to see his little boy to become a martial artist as well.
“If he loves martial arts, I will be the happiest father in the world,” he declares.
“Because as I said, martial arts is not about fighting. It’s not even about striking your opponent. Martial arts should be looked at as a way of life.”
If Cage decides to take a different path, Eustaquio assures that his support will still be there for his son.
“It does not matter if he chooses basketball or soccer, my support will still be a hundred percent,” he guarantees.
As his much-awaited third encounter with Moraes approaches, one of Eustaquio’s objectives is to make his son proud of him by retaining the ONE Flyweight World Championship.
“There is a little kid waiting for me to come home after the fight. I will make sure to come home to him in our home in Baguio with the title,” he vows.