Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon did not have an ideal start this 2019, dropping his ONE Bantamweight World Title at ONE Championship’s first blockbuster event in Japan last March.
But for Team Lakay Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly, he is not about to lose faith to his brother. In fact, Kelly is confident that Belingon will reclaim his throne, now that his fourth showdown with Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes has already been announced.
Belingon will challenge the reigning ONE Bantamweight World Champion Fernandes at ONE: CENTURY, this will be ONE Championship’s 100th event which will be held in Tokyo, Japan on 13 October.
This will be the classic fourth meeting between the two bantamweight giants with Fernandes getting the slight edge after the unexpected ending of their trilogy at ONE: A NEW ERA in Tokyo last March.
Fernandes was crowned as the new king of the 65.8-kilogram weight class after Belingon received a disqualification for landing illegal elbows on the back of his Brazilian rival’s head in the third round of their trilogy.
But despite the unfortunate turn of events for Belingon, Kelly is full of confidence that the 31-year-old Baguio City native will bounce back and bring back the belt in the mountains after 13 October.
“Sure it hurts to see our champion lose but I am happy for Kevin, I can see how that loss affected him in a positive manner,” said Kelly.
“After Japan, he became more dedicated in improving his game. He’s the type of fighter who picks up quickly as he works intensely in training,” he added. “We all know Kevin will face Bibiano again, and we’ve been waiting for this moment.”
Their previous three encounters played out as advertised. With both athletes pushing themselves to the limits. It was an all-out war between the two outstanding bantamweights proving that they’re two of the best on the planet.
As Kelly witnessed all the classic showdowns between the two martial arts giants, he believes that there are two major keys for Belingon that will lead him in reclaiming his gold-plated strap.
“I think it’s still his aggressiveness and explosiveness which will be key. In terms of training, I believe that he’s just merely polishing his skills,” shared Kelly.
The 35-year-old hard-hitting featherweight also believes that despite all the outstanding wars Belingon has faced before, his fourth confrontation with Fernandes is the biggest match of his career.
“This is Kevin’s biggest fight. Aside from the World Title, there are a lot of things at stake here as Kevin wants to prove a lot after what happened last march,” said Kelly.
“Kevin will go for a knockout. Kevin will be more aggressive to show that he’s truly the World Champion. He’ll do everything to get a convincing win over Fernandes and bring the belt back to the Philippines.”