ONE: Heroes of Honor takes place this Friday from the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila with Kevin Belingon and Andrew Leone squaring off in a key bantamweight title fight.
Belingon (17-5) has scored four consecutive wins and Leone (8-3) is a former challenger to Bibiano Fernandes’ current title run.
“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,” Belingon said. “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.”
Last August, Leone suffered a first round submission loss to Fernandes that snapped his three-fight win streak.
“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,” Leone said. “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 card also features ONE Super Series, as the promotion brings together Muay Thai, kickboxing, karate, taekwondo, Kung Fu and several other striking arts.
“It’s an open invitation to the greatest strikers in the world,” said ONE chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong. “Fans will witness the absolute elite in striking martial arts, as they go head-to-head on the biggest and most prestigious global stage of competition.
“Aside from the many great bouts this Friday night, what I’m most excited about is the launch of ONE Super Series. ONE Championship is the only global player to encompass all styles of martial arts. We have the best in all styles going up against each other. That’s definitely something to look forward to.”
Plans are also in the early stages regarding ONE creating a professional boxing league to go along with ONE Super Series.