Kevin Belingon Feels No Pressure As He Looks To End Rivalry With Fernandes On Top

Former ONE Bantamweight World Champion Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon shares that he feels no pressure in his upcoming fourth encounter with current ONE Bantamweight kingpin Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes despite the enormous magnitude of his much-awaited clash with the Brazilian star.

Both men are set to settle their rivalry once and for all in the co-main card of ONE: CENTURY, which will be held at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan on 13 October.

With less than five weeks before their highly-anticipated showdown, Belingon shares that everything is going good in his training camp. But other than the physical and the strategies they were working out in the gym for the past couple of months, the 31-year-old Baguio City native admits that his mental strength is in an all-time high at the moment.

“No pressure at all. I’ve been waiting for this fight since last March,” Belingon shared as their match ended in controversy, with the Team Lakay standout being disqualified for illegal elbows.

“I’ve been in this situation before and even though a lot of eyes will be glued into this match, I feel no pressure. I feel hungry and more motivated to perform and to win.”

For Belingon, there were various factors that led him to his outstanding condition at the moment. First, three of his Team Lakay brothers namely: Danny “The King” Kingad, Lito “Thunder Kid” Adiwang and Honorio “The Rock” Banario will be joining him in Tokyo to represent the country.

At the same time, last August 21, Team Lakay opened a modern training facility located in Pico La Trinidad in Benguet. For Belingon, their newly constructed gym has all the necessary tools he needs to reach his peak form.

“It’s easier to prepare because four of us will be competing there. Of course, it helps when we all train together. They push me everytime,” Belingon shared.

“Of course the gym is also a huge help. There’s a cage there, so it’s much better to move and it suits us better.”

Belingon definitely believes that the stakes are high when he and Fernandes face each other again in Tokyo, but the Filipino star believes that he has all the equipment he needs to get the job done and to end the book of their classic rivalry in his favor.

“This might be the last time that we’ll face each other and I want to make sure to give everything I have,” Belingon said.

“My confidence is through the roof, though I am not taking him lightly. I am taking a very careful approach because I really want to end up on top.”

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Author: Robert Belen

Robert Belen is a long-time combat sports writer for dSource Boxing. An avid sports fan, he knows no fear nor partiality in his reporting. If you have a problem with him, tell it to his face. (We bid you not.) You can follow him on Twitter @robertbelen

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