Honorio Banario Confident Of Ending Skid In Tokyo

Former ONE Featherweight World Champion Honorio “The Rock” Banario is highly-determined to get back to the winner’s circle at ONE: CENTURY on 13 October against Japanese legend Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki.

Victory has evaded Banario as of recent, with the Filipino having dropped two straight to American star Lowen Tynanes and South Korean “Crazy Dog” Dae Sung Park. But instead of sulking in defeat, “The Rock” has chosen to take each experience as a lesson. As such, Banario feels well-prepared to face Aoki, even in front of his fans at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan.

“First of all, I’m really happy to be part of this gigantic 100th event of ONE. I know I have struggled as of late but I think this is the perfect opportunity to show that they still can’t count me out,” Banario said.

“I’ll do everything I can for this match. It’s a big privilege for me to be facing a legend of the sport. I’m excited and I’m eager to end the year strong.

Banario’s resolve will be out to the test against “Tobikan Judan”. Aoki is a former ONE Lightweight World Champion and is the most successful submission specialist in Asian martial arts.

Despite Aoki’s immense talent, however, Banario believes that his hard work and trust in his team will result in an upset in Tokyo.

“We all know his caliber, particularly on the ground. That’s why I am really focused in training. He’s coming off a loss so I know that he’s also hungry to end the year with a win,” Banario shared.

“My advantage is very obvious, it’s my striking. This will be a battle of our strengths, If the fight goes my way I believe this won’t reach the final bell. Same goes with Aoki, if he successfully executes his gameplan.”

The 29-year-old Mankayan City native, under the guidance of Coach Mark Sangiao, is training non-stop for one of the most important bouts of his career. Banario will be coming in determined to take the victory at the end of the night and to end the year on a positive note.

“I’m very motivated to win. In the past month, I’ve been blessed – especially with my baby being born. That only pushes me to strive and achieve more,” Banario said.

“It’s a tough fight ahead but I’m confident with my skills. I’ll make sure to come back to the Philippines with a win.”

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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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