Honorio “The Rock” Banario may have failed in his previous battle inside the ring last Friday, 2 August, but what the partisan crowd at the Mall of Asia Arena didn’t know, the former ONE Featherweight World Champion has already recieved an even bigger reward beforehand.
At exactly 2:02 in the afternoon at Pines Doctor hospital in Baguio city, almost six hours before he failed to secure the win against South Korean “Crazy Dog” Dae Sung Park at ONE: DAWN OF HEROES, his wife Jessica gave birth to their first-born Zeus Thorinstone.
Used to the feeling of being pressured and handling stress everytime he competes, Banario admits that the last 24 hours before he stepped inside the ring with Park was a totally new teritory for him.
“To be honest, I was really stressed the night before, I was really thinking about my wife and baby, I could not sleep,” Banario admitted.
“Around lunch time before we went to the MOA Arena from the hotel, one of my siblings messaged me that my baby is already delivered safely, that’s when I began to relax.”
Banario shared that it was the first time he felt those things which were mainly because it was the first moment for him to become a dad. Nevertheless, the 29-year-old shared that he went all-out against his South Korean opponent and have no excuses with his loss.
“This is my first time so it’s really unchartered territory for me. I wasn’t even thinking of my fight anymore, but I guess that’s the feeling of being a dad for the first time,” Banario shared.
“For me,I thought I performed well. Of course, the loss was a bitter pill to swallow but no excuses, I fought until the end.”
It was a back and forth battle between the two Lightweight warriors. But Park established his offense in all three rounds, landing significant strikes and maintained control of the bout until the final bell.
For Banario, Park did his assignment very well. The Filipino star also admits that the ONE Warrior Series Season 1 winner was simply the better man that night.
“He really prepared well. He was able to read my movements and he was able to create his distance,” Banario shared.
Despite failing to capture his first win inside The Home of Martial Arts this 2019, Banario still feels a winner, now that he has already “Stone” by his side.
WIth an added motivation, the Filipino star looks to bounce back strong and is eager to make all the adjustments needed to capture positive results in his next bouts.
“I might have not been able to win, but I still feel like a winner cause my son is with me now,” Banario said.
“Now I just have to work on my game even further, now it’s back to the gym and focus on my next matches.”