Lakays stand by fallen brother

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Monday, December 9, 2013


THREE Team Lakay members redeemed their selves but Honorio Banario failed to retake what was once his, the One Fighting Championship featherweight belt.

Koiji Oishi proved his victory against Banario was no fluke after knocking out the Team Lakay fighter in the third round of their scheduled five-round bout at the Mall of Asia Arena Saturday evening.

It was another back and forth action with Banario controlling the first round but the Japanese fighter came back stronger in the second round and eventually pulling off another punch that decked Banario in the third round for good.

But even with his loss, his fellow Lakays stood by him and believes the inaugural featherweight champion will be back on his feet.

"We went down to Manila expecting a 4-0 this but sad to say we didn’t get the belt back at home but I believe Honorio is a fighter and I believe he will do his best to climb back to the ladder," said Geje Eustaquio who opened the campaign for Team Lakay by dominating celebrity trainer Eugene Toquero.

Bantamweight Kevin Belingon, who had the most impressive victory of the night was also aiming for the sweep but things did not go their way in what seems to another déjà vu for Honorio.

"Nung huli talo kaming lahat kaya yun yung motivation namin. Sayang di nakumpleto yung gabi namin pero sa amin si Honorio pa rin nag champion," said Belingon.

Belingon had the jampacked MOA Arena standing on its feet after knocking out the previously undefeated David Aranda with a left hook that silenced the Spaniard and kissing the canvass.

Probably the most senior of the three, Eduard Folayang shared the same sentiment for the defeated Banario.

"Yung pagkatalo ni Banario hindi yun yung pipigil sa kanya para maging isang magaling na fighter," added Folayang.

While the three fighters believes Banario will rise to the adversaries, coach Mark Sangiao said this are just some of the fights Banario has to live by in order to become a better fighter and the room to improve will be a big factor.

"First off, I think he needs a good rest, and then when he returns to the gym, that's the time we need to rethink his strategies," said Sangiao.

"But I still believe in him. He’s young and he's still eager to learn a lot of things," added Sangiao.

The former mix martial arts champion turned coach continued he will be looking forward to Banario’s next bout in the near future and hopefully, after two fights, the 24 year old former Criminology student will once again be fighting for the title.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on December 10, 2013.

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