ONE Infinity Series Will Shed More Exposure for Pinoys, Says Team Lakay Lynchpin

ONE Championship has just announced the rest of their events for 2020 which was highlighted of the all-new ONE Infinity Series.

The Home Of Martial Arts will put the focus on three particular ‘Infinity’ cards which will be held in Jakarta in April, Manila in May and Tokyo in October.

This early, Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao is excited about the possibility of participating in those titanic events.

“Of course, whether it’s in a major event or a minor one, we have to be ready. Those are equally important, but this is one thing that we can look forward to,” Sangiao said.

“We hope we get to be part of the line-up of the upcoming Infinity Series. One of those will be held in Manila so we hope we get to send a lot of athletes to represent this country there.”

For Sangiao, the ONE Infinity Series gives added motivation for his team, especially that he believes that better days are now up ahead for Team Lakay following the dominating performances of his boys at ONE: FIRE & FURY last Friday, 31 January.

Four of his prized students had their hands raised in front of the hometown crowd at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila. Gina “Conviction” Iniong and Lito “Thunder Kid” Adiwang scored big wins on the lead card while Danny “The King” Kingad got back to the winning lane after his unanimous decision win on the main card.

In the main event, Joshua “The Passion” Pacio successfully defended his ONE Strawweight World Title for the second time after dominating former ONE World Champion Alex “Little Rock” Silva of Brazil.

The soft-spoken coach cites that the team is always in high spirits despite learning their lessons especially after the tough battles they have faced last year.

For the recent Manila event, Sangiao believes that the proper adjustments along with their newly constructed gym have played a major role in their success. The world-class head coach also believes that his athletes’ determination to get better is destined to give good results.

“That card showed how big teamwork and hard work is,” Sangiao shared.

“I think having a better gym also helped us a lot. We were much more prepared and it showed with how they executed their gameplan.”

After starting the year on a high note, Sangiao believes the positive momentum they’ve built at ONE: FIRE & FURY will give the team more motivation to win in their upcoming battles.

With his continuous guidance, Sangiao is confident that the La Trinidad martial arts stable is on its way to collecting more success in the future.

“We started well and that should inspire our athletes to win more. I know their confidence is really high now, and they want to keep this up,” Sangiao shared.

“We have to remain positive in order to attract positivity. 2020 should be a great year for us.”

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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