Ramon “The Bicolano” Gonzales is all set for his return to the ONE Championship ring when he takes on China’s Hexigetu in one of the preliminary bouts of ONE: Dreams of Gold on Friday, August 16 at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.
Gonzales will be targeting his fourth-straight win in The Home of Martial Arts, but he knows that he will have his hands full when he takes on “Wolf of the Grasslands” in another explosive strawweight clash.
“With a few more days before the fight, I’m doing great. I never lost focus during training. I’m always excited and challenged because it’s another opportunity,” Gonzales said.
“[I’m] always happy for another opportunity. I am always humbled for every opportunity that swings my way.”
While the Albay, Bicol native remains one of the hottest athletes in the division, Hexigetu is by no means a pushover.
The Chinese warrior is coming off an impressive victory over Ovais “The Enigma” Shah in ONE: Warriors of Light at the same venue last May.
Looking at Hexigetu, Gonzales is expecting a well-rounded warrior who has tricks up his sleeve whichever way the match goes.
“Hexigetu is a wrestler and a striker. I think he is also the teammate of one of my opponents before in ONE. That’s why I am eager to work hard for this,” Gonzales shared.
Nonetheless, Gonzales vows to come in prepared, saying that he is even more eager now that he is on a three-match winning streak.
“My training has been good. Team Kyokushin is always there to help me every day. We work on our striking and ground skills. Every day I’m at my best to prepare myself for this bout,” Gonzales said.
“Winning consecutively really helps but more than that, it helps me as a person as it makes me strive more and be grateful for what I have.”
With just four days heading into the big night, Gonzales promises that he will never stop being hungry and that he is as motivated as he was when he was suffering losses early on in his career.
“There’s no secret to success. Perseverance, determination, and focus, those are the things that I need to have against Hexigetu. There are a lot of people who believe in me, it’s all about believing in myself.”
Tune in to watch ONE Championship’s next event, ONE: Dreams of Gold, by downloading the ONE Super App. The action starts Friday, August 16 at 6:30pm local time.
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