Team Lakay regarded Kim Kyu Sung as a “great warrior” after giving a tough challenge to former ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio in their flyweight encounter at ONE: ENTER THE DRAGON at the Singapore Indoor Stadium last Friday, 17 May.
Eustaquio scored his first win of the year after being pushed to the limit by his South Korean counterpart.
Despite the victory, Eustaquio has nothing but respect to Sung, who was unsuccessful in his debut under the ONE Championship banner.
“I have to be honest, he’s a tough guy. The kid is willing to win, that’s why he was unbreakable,” Eustaquio said.
“I’m always looking for the finish, but he is really tough.”
The 30-year-old Baguio City native also admits that he was very happy with his victory, and at the same impressed with the heart that his opponent carried inside the ONE circle.
“I was surprised that in his height and weight he is still standing strong and manage to brawl,” Eustaquio reveals.
Same as Eustaquio, Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao was also fascinated with Sung’s will and perseverance which was very evident in his clash with the Filipino star.
“We did not expect that the kid would be that tough. Kim was really tough. He kept on moving forward, he kept on pressuring. Even when we were tagging him, he just won’t back down,” Sangiao observed.
After securing his first step of reclaiming his crown, Eustaquio admits that his experience with the Team Evolve stalwart will play a vital role as he continues to hone his craft.
“Once I got back to the gym, I’ll train more of my spinning back kicks and spinning elbows. To be honest, for me they were awkward last Friday,” Eustaquio said.
“I’ll get back to the drawing board, be a better athlete. It’s my ultimate goal right now, I’m not looking forward to a title or a championship, it’s all about making myself a better athlete and soon everything will follow.”