When Filipino martial arts veteran Richard “Notorious” Corminal walks into the Singapore Indoor Stadium this Friday, 17 May, he will be competing for something more than himself.
Corminal will be taking on Rahul “Kerala Krusher” Raju of India at ONE: ENTER THE DRAGON in Singapore with the motivation of winning for his 14-year-old daughter Sachiko who he only manages to see almost once a year.
Based in Malaysia for the past 10 years, Corminal reveals that all the sacrifices he’s been doing overseas are for the benefit of his daughter.
“It’s hard being away from your family, especially your daughter but those are the things that we need to do in order to provide a good life for them,” said Corminal.
“It’s for her. I want her to know that everything I do, I do for her.”
Started as a waiter when he landed in Malaysia a decade ago, Corminal is now working as a full-time gym instructor at Muayfit gym on his off-season as an athlete.
The 37-year-old also mentioned that his loaded schedule and expensive plane tickets were the main reasons he just visits his home country at least once a year, or sometimes, even longer than that.
“As much as I want to go home to the Philippines and be with my family, I have to be practical and save,” said Corminal.
“All of my sacrifices here are for them. That’s why I am working double time and doing everything I can to get that win, so more opportunities will swing my way.”
Corminal will be coming in with tons of respect for Raju but when the ONE circle door closes, all of that will be put on the sideline as he is motivated to make his daughter proud of him even more.
“I trained for this for a year. I’ve been working non-stop to improve cause I’m determined to get my first win in ONE Championship,” said Corminal.
“I may not be with my daughter all the time, but I know that they understand that everything is for them.”