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Geje Eustaquio wants winner of Wakamatsu-Kim bout

Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio will be back inside the ONE Circle soon.

But before he takes the stage once more, the former ONE Flyweight World Champion from Baguio City’s famed Team Lakay has a close eye on one particular bout coming this Friday night when ONE: Inside The Matrix II airs.

The card features an interesting flyweight showdown between fourth-ranked flyweight contender Yuya “Little Piranha” Wakamatsu of Japan and South Korea’s Kim Kyu Sung.

Eustaquio, who has faced both men in the Circle, is eyeing a rematch with the winner of this bout.

“This will be a very exciting fight. But having faced both of the guys, I sort of have an idea of how each will perform,” said Eustaquio.

“Experience will play a big role in this fight. I think Yuya has much more experience than Kim Kyu Sung, and that will show in this match-up. But of course, this is mixed martial arts. Anything can happen in the Circle, and everybody has a chance to win.”

Eustaquio fought Kim in May of 2019, winning by unanimous decision after three rounds.

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Then just a few months later, Eustaquio stepped into the Circle against Wakamatsu but suffered a debilitating knockout loss at the hands of the Japanese warrior.

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Being familiar with each man’s unique style, Eustaquio is confident Wakamatsu has enough to beat his South Korean foe.

“The real winner of this fight will be the fans. This is a crowd-pleasing matchup. That being said, it’s a tough pick, but I have Yuya Wakamatsu winning this one by unanimous decision,” said Eustaquio.

“I think there’s going to be a lot of headhunting for both. These guys are both very aggressive and will be looking to knock each other out. I think the one who can play a better distance game can take home a decision win. Aside from that, it’s hard to predict the winner because both guys can end the fight quickly with a single punch.”

Eustaquio will have his hands full in a few weeks’ time. But after taking care of business, “Gravity” looks to make another run at the ONE World Title he last held nearly two years ago.

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Moreover, he is confident he can reach his dreams once again, and is quick to remind fans that he’s still a legitimate threat to the flyweight throne.

“I have no problem facing the winner, although I’m more interested in a rematch with Yuya, to be honest. I know I’m a lot better in rematches, so I like my chances. But I’m also willing to do a rematch with Kim, that will be a good show. We have both improved since our last fight. It’s up to ONE Championship,” said Eustaquio.

“I am confident I am still in the flyweight title picture. There are only three kings in this division, and I am one of them. They can’t take me out of there unless I’m done with my career, and that’s far from the reality.”

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