Watching from thousands of miles away in Baguio City, prayers and cheers were the only things Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly of Team Lakay can do to show his support to his elder brother Eric “The Natural” Kelly.
Eric failed to stop his losing skid after dropping a unanimous decision loss against hometown bet Niu Kang Kang at ONE: LEGENDARY QUEST in Shanghai, China last 15 June.
The 37-year-old Filipino featherweight champion native gave everything but still came out short as Kang stood his ground and banked points on the mat in their three-round featherweight showdown.
But despite the setback, Edward looks to offer some words of encouragement to Eric, who he thinks did great in his last outing.
Despite failing to capture that elusive win0, Edward believes that it will give his brother the eagerness to learn more from his mistakes and to improve as a mixed martial arts athlete.
“He had a much better showing this time. I thought he showed improvements from his previous fights. I think he should avoid his ‘sacrifice takedowns’ next time,” said the Team Lakay star.
“We can see that his will is back, but it just so happened that it was not his night.”
Coming from an impressive performance in his last outing in, Edward believes that his main suggestion to Eric back when they both compete at ONE: ROOTS OF HONOR last April in Manila will help his brother unleash his talents as well fix issues in his game.
“We haven’t talked yet after his match last Saturday but when I do get to talk to him, I’ll invite him once again to join us in Team Lakay, hoping that this time, he’ll say yes,” said Edward.
“I think one of his issues is his lack of training partners. Here in Team Lakay, we can solve that problem given there are many World Champions in the gym, it will help his confidence.
Edward still hopes to compete with his brother on the same card once again – and this time, maybe they’ll be representing the same gym.
“I keep on praying that we’ll be on the same card once again, of course that still depends on oru bosses in ONE,” said Edward.
“It’s a different feeling when you’re with your brother. It adds more motivation for us.”