📷 Yin Quintin-Gutierrez
Filipino featherweight star Rolando “The Incredible” Dy is a man on a mission.
Looking to enter back the winning lane, The 28-year-old Davao City native is out to make a definitive statement in his final cage appearance this 2019.
Dy is scheduled to face Anzor Abdulkhozjaev of Russia at BRAVE CF 33, which takes place at the Prince Abdullah Al Faisal Stadium Sports Hall in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia this coming Friday, December 27.
This will be Dy’s fifth match this year after starting his 2019 campaign with three straight impressive wins. However, in his last bout last October, Dy failed to make it four wins in a row after dropping his Abu Dhabi Warriors Featherweight World Title against Do Gyum Lee of South Korea.
Brushing his skills up following his loss to Lee, Dy is excited to showcase his vastly improved form as he looks to end the year on top.
“I’m grateful and blessed to be part of this huge card here in Jeddah. I’m very thankful for this opportunity that Brave has given me. This is a very important match for me especially that I am aiming to fight for the belt if I luckily past this tough test this coming Friday,” Dy expressed.
“I’m really excited for this match, especially since I am coming off a loss. This is a good opportunity for me to bounce back and finish my year with a win,” he added.
Despite his previous setback, Dy believes that the combination of the things he learned from his failures and his hunger to success will be the key factors of collecting another gold-plated strap in his career.
Dy admitted that he bought in on his own hype. Many, including him, would have thought that he will just steamroll Lee in his title defense, but all of a sudden, the South Korean standout flipped the script and shocked everyone inside the Mubadala Arena in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Dy admitted that he took his opponent lightly and got overconfident heading to that bout, which for him was a very humbling and huge learning experience.
Nevertheless, “The Incredible” assured that his previous setback is now in the rearview mirror and the obstacles he has encountered in the past motivated him more to succeed.
“I learned a lot from that fight. It was a humble pie for me. It made me a better person and maybe a better fighter. It was a wake-up call. Everybody thought that it will just be an easy night for me, then I got KOed,” Dy shared.
“Since then, other than the mental part of my game, I dedicated my time and effort to improve my overall skill set. It was a decision I had to make right after my last fight,” Dy added.
Despite Dy’s eagerness to end 2019 strong, the man he will be facing in Saudi Arabia could be the hardest challenge he will be facing this year.
Abdulkhozjaev is one of Russias’ biggest up-and-coming stars who owns an impressive record of 9-1. He is on a six-match winning streak and holds an impressive 67% stoppage ratio.
“Anzor Abdulkhozjaev is a really good and intelligent athlete. He has outstanding power and can finish you on your feet or on the ground,” Dy shared.
“But in this match, I believe my experience will take over. He hasn’t fought someone with the same level of experience and competition that I have. This Friday, I’m planning to show him why I’m different from the rest of the opponents he has faced before.”
Dy believes that a win over Abdulkhozjaev would be the perfect notice to send across the Brave featherweight division that he got serious intentions of challenging American star Bubba Jenkins for his Brave Combat Federation Featherweight World Title next year.
A decisive win this coming Friday would certainly prove his point.
“This is a crucial match for me. I need to prove that I belong in the title conversation. I need a statement-making victory,” Dy said.
“Now my dedication and hunger for this sport are in an all-time high, I know I can turn my previous setback into triumph. I am ready for anything.”