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Eustaquio faces Akmetov

Thursday, January 11, 2018

ONE-TIME world title challenger Geje Eustaquio gets another crack at a title along with a chance at redemption against former champion Kairat Akhmetov for the interim ONE Championship flyweight belt in a rematch on Jan. 26 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila.

Eustaquio fought Akhmetov last September with the Kazakh walking away with a close split decision win.

Both Ahkmetov and Eustaquio are at the top of the flyweight ladder. Both are eager at another crack at current flyweight king Adriano Moraes.

The 28-year-old Eustaquio of Team Laky fought against Moraes for the vacant flyweight belt in 2014. He lost by a second round submission against Moraes.

Akhmetov, on the other hand, challenged Moraes and dethroned him by a split decision.

The 30-yeat-old Akhmetov, however, lost to Moraes in their rematch last year by unanimous decision. Eustaquio is 9-6, while Akhmetov is 24-1.

Former title challenger Josha Pacio, also from Team Lakay, squares off with unbeaten Thai Pongsiri Mitsatit in the show’s main supporting bout. (EKA)

Published in the SunStar Cebu newspaper on January 11, 2018.

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