BAGUIO’s Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon is ready to duke it out with United States’ Andrew Leone in the main event of the One: Heroes of Honor on Friday at the Mall of Asia Arena
Both Belingon and Leone are seeking a rematch against reigning One Bantamweight world champion Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes, but will have to go through each other to secure it.
“I know Andrew Leone is a tough opponent, and I need to be at my best to win. It’s going to be one of my biggest matches to date,” said Belingon during the pre-fight presser yesterday at the City of Dreams Grand Ballroom.
“I am very thankful to One Championship for allowing me to be a part of this historic event. I can’t leave anything to chance. I have to give another great performance. Beating Leone would be the next step to the title.”
Belingon, who is currently riding a four-bout winning streak, has a 17-5 overall record.
A former bantamweight world title challenger with an 8-3 slate, Leone also knows what’s at stake in this matchup, and he isn’t taking the Filipino lightly by any means.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for me. I can’t wait to go up there and show what I can do, to perform to the best of my ability,” said Leone.
“Kevin Belingon is a tough guy. He’s a hard puncher and he has power. But I’m not worried about his striking. I’ve faced tough guys before. All I can say is that I’ll be ready.”
The Manila event also marks the world premiere of the highly-anticipated One Super Series, which aims to provide the world’s best martial artists a prestigious global platform to showcase the beauty of Asia’s striking arts such as Muay Thai, kickboxing, karate, taekwondo, Kung Fu, wushu, sanda, silat, lethwei, and more.