Former ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio has high hopes that Former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang will pass his first major obstacle in reclaiming his gold-plated strap.
Folayang is set to challenge multiple-time lightweight champ Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez at ONE: DAWN OF HEROES which takes place at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila on August 2.
Despite losing in his promotional debut against Timofey Nastyukhin at ONE: A NEW ERA in Japan last March, many believes that Alvarez is still considered as one of the top names in the lightweight division.
The 34-year-old American, who is based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is known for his elite wrestling and tremendous knockout power. He holds a 29-7 (1 NC) professional record, with 18 of his career victories coming via TKO.
But for former ONE Flyweight kingpin Eustaquio, he is confident that Folayang will walk out with his hand raised against Alvarez, regardless of the impressive resume of the American star.
“I think Eduard is due for a win because I’ve seen him prepare for this competition. Both of them are hungry for redemption but I believe Eduard has a tougher mind,” said Eustaquio.
“He is enjoying things now. He really wants to get his title back, so he’s really determined. We all know him. He is still the Landslide that we used to know. He has a tough mind.”
For Eustaquio, Folayang’s deep experience in the sport will play a major role when he faces Alvarez. For the flyweight star, Folayang has seen the worst and time and time again proved that he can bounce back to the top.
Eustaquio believes that Team Lakay brother’s grit, persistence, and perseverance will be one of his major weapons on 2 August.
“I think his mental toughness is the key. Eduard was in the deepest moment of his career and we saw how he reclaimed his title,” said Eustaquio. “I doubt Eddie will break his mind.”
With ONE: DAWN OF HEROES being considered as probably the biggest card in the history in the Philippine soil, Eustaquio is confident that Folayang will rise up in the occasion and prove everyone that he is still one of the best.
“The people of the mountains will go down and watch. His countrymen will watch him and support him, that’s a bit of pressure on his shoulders but I think he will convert it into motivation,” said Eustaquio.
“At the end of the day, Eduard will prove that he is still the face of Philippine Martial arts.”