With about two days to go until the massive rematch between John “Hands of Stone” Lineker and Fabricio “Wonder Boy” Andrade for the vacant ONE Bantamweight World Title, Andrade believes he’s got Lineker in the corner.
The young Andrade is confident that he’ll finally get the job done when they face each other in the main event of ONE Fight Night 7 on 25 February inside the iconic Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Thailand.
Andrade believes he was close to finishing his compatriot in their match three months ago, something that would’ve happened had it not been for an inadvertent knee to Lineker’s groin.
“He will definitely prepare more now that he knows how good I am. But I believe this will not make a difference. Three months of training will not make him become another athlete,” Andrade said.
“I know how he fights, he knows how I fight, and that won’t change for the rematch. So, I’m sure I’ll knock him out one more time.”
Psychologically, “Wonder Boy” feels like he’s well ahead in this fight, considering how he roughed up Lineker in their first meeting.
Before the stoppage, Lineker already had his eye swollen shut, with a lot of people feeling that the 25-year-old product of Marrok Force MMA was close to winning the strap with his tenacious striking.
“I think the fact that I came very close to ending the fight, that he was badly hurt in the fight, and that I defended all his attempts on the ground, makes a difference in the psychological factor,” he said.
“He knows I’m better than him. His chance of winning this fight is if something extraordinary happens. But we know that I’m the best athlete, that this is my moment, and that I’m going to be the champion.”
So, when they meet each other again in Thailand, Andrade doubts that it’ll go the distance – then, he can finally have his crowning glory.
“This fight will end in a maximum of two rounds,” he said. “And it will definitely end with me knocking out John Lineker one more time.”
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