Will To Win For The Country Led Miado To Victory In Beijing

Team Philippines may have failed to get the sweep they were aiming in Beijing, but without a doubt, the country owns the most explosive win of the night

Filipino standout Jeremy “The Jaguar” Miado silenced the hometown crowd at the Cadillac Arena in Beijing after his scintillating flying knee knockout win over Miao Li Tao in their strawweight clash at ONE: AGE OF DRAGONS on Saturday, 16 November.

It was an act of sweet revenge for the 26-year-old Marikina City native after two of his fellow countrymen fell in the hands of their Chinese counterparts in the preliminary card earlier that afternoon.

For Miado, more than the boost in his career, he was eagerly aiming the win to save the night for his country.

“First of all, I’m really happy because this only shows the fruit of all the hardwork and sacrifices that I do everyday,” Miado said.

Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly and Ramon “The Bicolano” Gonzales lost to Tang Kai and “The Wolf Of The Grasslands” Hexigetu respectively in the preliminaries.

“I have two countrymen who I know wanted to win bad but unfortunately, they fell to their Chinese opponents, that’s why I told myself I’m gonna win for them and I will raise the Philippine flag high,” he added. “That was an added motivation for me.”

Scouted and studied Miao numerous times after being informed that he will be facing the Chinese star, Miado has planted a perfect game plan to counter his Chinese opponent’s offense, and yesterday afternoon, the scenario he was visualizing became a reality.

After an early grappling exchange, Miado timed Miao’s next move as he anticipated the Chinese’s takedown attempt and countered it with a devastating knee.

Miao was out long before he hit the canvass.

“I watched his previous bouts and I noticed the things that he always does. He will throw some combinations, shoot for a takedown and dominate in the ground. That’s what I prepared for, countering his attacks,” Miado shared.

“I worked particularly on two points of attack – my combinations and the flying knee once he attempts to shoot and that’s exactly what happened. I’m happy I executed it perfectly.”

Nevertheless, after ending the year on a high note, Miado promises to be even better as he plans to aim more next year.

“I will work harder in training to get better and stronger,” Miado said.

“What I’m doing is for all the people who never stopped believing in me, especially my family.”

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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