The importance of hurdling Australian fighter Antonio Caruso is sinking in on Edward Folayang.
After suffering a loss last January, Folayang said this will be his chance to bounce back.
“Every fight is important. But I have a goal, and that is to be in the contender level again,” said Folayang in an online huddle on Zoom.
Folayang will be on the ring with Caruso in a featherweight fight when they meet in one of the undercards in ONE: INSIDE THE MATRIX on October 30 in Singapore.
The 35-year-old Folayang will be out for redemption after his loss via split decision to Pieter Buist nine months ago.
“He is studying my style and I am studying him. This will be an exciting match,” added Folayang.
The 29-year-old Caruso seeks to also win the fight, and follow the status of Folayang, who became a legend in the sport in the Philippines.
And it’s Caruso’s aggression that’s keeping Folayang wary and on his toes.
“He’s a legend of this division, a legend of this sport, and a legend of his country. And, that’s what I want to do. And to do that, you got to beat a legend,” said Caruso.
For Folayang, he just have to be careful with Caruso.
Before losing to Buist last October, Caruso had been on a streak, winning seven straight fights.
Four world title bouts will banner, One: Inside The Matrix, celebrating the return of ONE Championship’s comeback in Singapore, which went into lockdown in the early months of the year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
In the main cards, two-division ONE World Champion Aung La N Sang will seek to retain his ONE Middleweight World Title against the undefeated Reinier De Ridder.
ONE lightweight world champion Christian Lee takes on number-one contender Iuri Lapicus.
Then, knockout artists Martin Nguyen and Thanh Le clash for Nguyen’s ONE Featherweight World Title.
Women’s strawweight world champion Xiong Jing Nan meets Singapore’s Tiffany Teo in an epic rematch. Peter Atencio