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Kevin Belingon advocates for Jeremy Pacatiw vs. Kwon Won Il

Kevin Belingon has proposed an intriguing matchup that could potentially set the stage ablaze within ONE Championship.

The former ONE bantamweight champion would like to see his Lions Nation MMA teammate, Jeremy Pacatiw, go head-to-head with South Korea’s Kwon Won Il later this year.

“I think that would be a great fight,” Belingon told Tiebreaker Times.

Pacatiw has yet to see action since earning the sought-after $50,000 bonus for his enthralling second-round submission victory over Burmese spitfire Tial Thang in December 2022.

The 27-year-old native of Kapangan, Benguet, owns a 12-5 professional record and is 2-1 under the promotion’s banner.

On the other hand, Kwon (13-4) has been part of the ONE Championship roster since January 2019, participating in 12 matches and winning all eight of them by way of knockout.

Most recently, the Korean power-puncher solidified his hold on the No. 4 spot in the bantamweight rankings with his second-round demolition of fellow contender Artem Belakh this past June.

“He was impressive in his last fight as he finished his opponent beautifully,” Belingon said when asked for his assessment of Kwon’s performance against Belakh.

Belingon knows Kwon all too well, as they fought each other in December 2021, with “The Silencer” succumbing to a painful body shot from “Pretty Boy” in the second round.

While it cannot be denied that Belingon wants to have a rematch with Kwon, he is more than willing to make way for Pacatiw.

The Filipino veteran pointed out that both men bring a unique set of skills to the table, making this potential showdown a stylistic delight for fans and pundits alike.

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However, he feels that Pacatiw holds a significant edge over Kwon if the hypothetical bout were to happen.

“I believe Jeremy has the advantage in speed and power, in everything. I think it will be a great fight if that happens,” Belingon declared.

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Nissi Icasiano is a sportswriter, analyst and editor from the Philippines. He started his professional career in 2013. He has also written for various media outlets such as, ABS-CBN, Tiebreaker Times,,, South China Morning Post, The Phnom Penh Post and the International Business Times. In 2017, he started a career as a Combat Sports Analyst for television and radio, appearing on various news shows for ABS-CBN, GMA, TV5, Radyo Singko 92.3 News FM, PTV 4, Business World, Radyo Pilipinas 2 and Bombo Radyo Philippines. He practices boxing at Tiger City Boxing Gym whenever he is not writing.

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