Looking for an elusive win under the ONE Championship banner, Filipino lightweight Richard “Notorious” Corminal is preparing to make a definitive statement in his first assignment this 2019.
Corminal is slated to duke it out with Rahul “The Kerala Krusher” Raju of India in a three-round lightweight affair at ONE: ENTER THE DRAGON which takes place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore on 17 May.
Almost 14 months since his last match, the hard-hitting Filipino will finally return to the ONE circle, excited and in high spirits to start the year on a positive note.
“I am really excited,” said Corminal.
“This is my first match this year and I want to showcase everything that I worked hard for and sacrificed for throughout the year.”
While other competitors sink into pressure to capture a win after a string of setbacks, Corminal is determined not to fall into that category as he is eager to pick up the pieces and redeem himself on the most prestigious stage of martial arts competition.
Corminal stressed that he has his previous bouts firmly in the rearview mirror, justifying that the setback has not shaken his confidence.
“I have learned a lot in those losses. I know I have to work extra-hard and to be more determined so I can further improve.”
The man standing in his path to enter the winner’s column is Raju, who also seeks for his first victory after joining the Home of Martial Arts roster.
Raju is a former Ultimate Satira Champion who holds a professional record of four wins and four losses. The 28-year-old native of Kerala in India will also carry a slight hometown advantage when he faces Corminal as he has been living in Singapore since 2011.
“Rahul is a very good martial artist, he’s well rounded and that’s why we’ve been preparing heavily because we know he’s no slouch.”
Although a tough test awaits him in Singapore, Corminal is driven to showcase his talents as he plans to build a momentum that will lead him to more success moving forward.
“I want to show to everyone that I continuously improve each time I fight. I want my family to be proud of me because all these sacrifices are for them,” Corminal shared.
“I would do everything to get that win in Singapore.”