It’s go time for Filipino lightweight Richard “Notorious” Corminal.
After years of hard work, heartbreaks, and sacrifices, Corminal looks at the Singapore Indoor Stadium as the light at the end of his own, dark tunnel.
He is scheduled to face Singapore-based Indian Rahul “The Kerala Krusher” Raju at ONE: Enter the Dragon on Friday, May 17, and believes he will turn his luck around.
Corminal has lost his previous three bouts against top competition. However, he remains positive that with dedication and faith, he will finally get his breakthrough.
The 37-year-old has done his part in his preparation, and now he’s ready to reap the rewards of his labor.
“I am ready for this match. Now, I’m just monitoring my weight, but I am one-hundred-percent ready,” said Corminal.
“I’m really excited for Friday. I’m excited with how I’ll show up and perform.”
When asked about the string of losses in The Home Of Martial Arts, Corminal said that he’s not really thinking about it. As it stands, his focus is on himself and how he’ll be a better athlete moving forward.
“Those losses are a part of the life of being a martial artist. We cannot all be winners,” he said.
“I know that my first win here in ONE Championship has been elusive, but it only pushes me even further to improve.”
Corminal knows battling Raju won’t be a walk in the park, given that the Indian powerhouse has the same motivation as him — getting that elusive victory.
Like “Notorious,” Raju has dropped all three of his matches in The Home Of Martial Arts, making this match-up an interesting pairing altogether.
“Like me, he’s hungry for a victory. That being said, I know our fight this Friday will be intense,” the Filipino shared.
“I’ll stick to our game plan. All the things that I’ve worked hard for during the past year will be on display this Friday,” he continued.
“I don’t have a prediction for this fight, but I promise the best Richard Corminal this Friday.”