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Folayang believes Alvarez-Lapicus showdown will be fun to watch

Eduard “Landslide” Folayang is currently deep in training while preparing for his next fight, which takes place next month.

But before he climbs back into the Circle, “Landslide” has his thoughts fixated on the upcoming Eddie Alvarez vs. Iuri Lapicus lightweight showdown.

Alvarez and Lapicus lock horns at “ONE on TNT I,” the first of a four-part event series that broadcasts live from the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore on Thursday, April 8.

Folayang has already faced Alvarez before, losing via first round submission during ONE: Dawn of Heroes. He has yet to meet Lapicus in the Circle, however.

“It’s a good fight for both guys. Both of them come to fight, and they are never boring. I respect that. It should be entertaining for the fans. They both have solid all-around skills. Eddie is a proven champion, but Iuri’s coming into this very confident. The one who wants it more is going to win. It’s going to come down to willpower,” said Folayang.

“Iuri is younger, and has that youthful energy on his side. Eddie has that veteran experience. He’s been through a lot and has seen it all. It’s hard to calculate who will take this one. As a fan, it will be fun to watch.”

Folayang himself will return to action to face Korean-Japanese superstar Yoshihiro “Sexyama” Akiyama at “ONE on TNT IV”, which also broadcasts live from the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore on April 29.

“Landslide” is looking to bounce back from a tough loss to Antonio Caruso last October. He has dropped four of his last five fights, but the former lightweight king hasn’t lost motivation. Folayang is determined to capture a much-needed victory and re-establish himself at the top of the division.

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“We’ve all got something lined up in the next few weeks. Training hard as always. I’m thankful I can still perform on the biggest stage, and have fans who believe in me. I want to put in a vintage performance,” said Folayang.

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