Asia’s premier martial arts organization ONE Championship is back in Metro Manila, Philippines for its second of four shows in 2018. In a press conference held at the Grand Ballroom of the City of Dreams in Paranaque City, Metro Manila on April 17, 2018, the promotion kicked off its latest event “ONE: Heroes of Honor” to be headlined by Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon and Andrew Leone.
Both Belingon and Leone are former bantamweight world title challengers seeking a rematch against reigning ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes, but will have to go through each other to secure it. Fernandes defeated Belingon at “ONE: Dynasty of Champions” on January 23, 2016 and Leone at “ONE: Kings and Conquerors” on August 5, 2017.
Leone hails from Cortland, New York. He knows what is at stake in this matchup, and he is not taking his Filipino opponent lightly by any means.
“Kevin Belingon is a tough guy,” Leon stated. “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.”
For Leone, facing Belingon at “ONE: Heroes of Honor” is a tremendous opportunity. The American fighter added, “I can’t wait to go up there and show what I can do, to perform to the best of my ability.”
While Leone currently has 8 wins and 3 losses, Belingon has 17 wins and 5 losses. The latter is representing Team Lakay of Baguio City, Philippines.
Also in the panel during the “ONE: Heroes of Honor” press conference were ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong, City of Dreams Manila chief operating officer Kevin Benning, Team Lakay’s Honorio “The Rock” Banario and opponent Adrian “The Hunter” Pang of Australia, Giorgio “The Doctor” Petrosyan and opponent ‘Smokin’ Jo Nattawut of Thailand and Nong-o Gaiyanghadao of Thailand and opponent Fabio Pinca of Italy. Petrosyan, Nattawut, Gaiyanghadao and Pinca will compete in ONE Super Series, which is making its debut in the promotion.
“ONE: Heroes of Honor” will take place on April 20, 2018 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. local time.
Here are ONE Championship commentators Michael Schiavello and Mitch Chilson talking about Leone: