Geje ‘Gravity’ Eustaquio (left) will battle Kairat “The Kazakh” Akhmetov for the interim ONE Flyweight World title at ONE: GLOBAL SUPERHEROES (Richard Esguerra)
Coming off a heartbreaking split-decision loss to his Kazakh opponent Kairat Akhmetov last September, Geje ‘Gravity’ Eustaquio will once again enter the cage against Akhmetov for the interim ONE Flyweight World title at ONE: GLOBAL SUPERHEROES this coming Friday at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
“I am expecting another difficult bout. Kairat Akhmetov is tough and has a huge heart inside the cage. That is why I am preparing very well for this rematch. A victory over Kairat would land me a rematch against Adriano Moraes. I believe I have what it takes to become the undisputed ONE Flyweight World Champion in the future.” said the 28-year old fighter from Baguio City.
Looking back at his last match against Akhmetov, Eustaquio insists he has already put the past behind him and brought with him valuable lessons from that fight. “It was a learning experience for me.” recalls Eustaquio. “I lost focus of the game plan and allowed myself to operate at Akhmetov’s pace instead of dictating the action on the feet. I also could have had better takedown defense. I would have loved to have won, but it is what it is.” he explained.
In the undercards of ONE: GLOBAL SUPERHEROES, three more Filipino fighters will aim for glory against their respective opponents.
Joshua ‘The Passion’ Pacio (10-2-0) aims to bring himself back into title contention as he battles the debuting Lan Ming Qiang of China. Ever since falling short in his bid to capture the ONE Strawweight World Championship title against then-titleholder Yoshitaka ‘Nobita’ Naito in October 2016, the 22-year old Team Lakay fighter knows what he lacks in order for him to become a world champion. “It’s more about consistency. To be consistent inside the cage is what I am for at present. I have to win it all if I want to be back in the title contender’s position.” Pacio stated.
Eric ‘The Natural’ Kelly (12-4-0) aims to put a stop to his losing streak against the returning Rafael Nunes of Brazil. Kelly, considered then as one of the best featherweight contenders in the Asia, wants to prove that he can come back and finish the job this time. “It is very much important to me to win in this coming bout (against Nunes). I want to show to those who believe in me that I can make it not just for myself, but for all.” Kelly said. “I want this victory so bad.” he added. Kelly last tasted victory back in October 2015 against Hiroshige Tanaka while Nunes is coming off more than three year hiatus.
Eric’s brother Edward (9-4-0) will also make an appearance in ONE: GLOBAL SUPERHEROES as he battles undefeated Cambodian fighter Meas Meu.
ONE Championship, the largest global sports media property in Asian history, is on its first of four visits here in Manila this 2018. Aside from Manila, ONE Championship will also have multiple stops in other key Asian countries like China, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar, and Indonesia.