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Sangiao admits ring rust played role in Team Lakay’s ONE: Inside The Matrix setbacks

Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao admits that ring rust may have played a role in their struggles during the recent Inside The Matrix series in Singapore.

The biggest names of the stable flew to The Lion City for a series of matches, but of the four athletes who competed, only one came out on top.

Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio earned a convincing unanimous decision win over “The Running Man” Song Min Jong at ONE: Inside The Matrix III.

Sangiao did praise Eustaquio for staying ready, but ultimately, he believes the long layoff affected the team.

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“Ring rust? I haven’t seen that from Geje. He was impressive. He KO’d Tauru in his last fight, and in this one, he showed his technical side. He was really impressive — I didn’t see any ring rust from him,” Sangiao said.

“As for the others, I thought I really saw those effects. I thought we lacked in adjustment, and that really affected them.”

During Inside The Matrix I, Eduard Folayang suffered a unanimous decision loss to Tony Caruso.

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Then in Part III, Lito Adiwang was handed a controversial split decision defeat by Hiroba Minowa. Meanwhile, Kevin Belingon suffered his first knockout loss by John Lineker.

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Sangiao is not about to make excuses, though, knowing that Team Lakay’s opponents experienced the same problems, the same pandemic, the same layoff — and that they simply came in more prepared.

“It’s not just our athletes who went through [the same challenges]. Maybe their opponents adjusted better and got better results. That’s just one reason the results were like that,” Sangiao said.

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Despite the setbacks, the squad will have another chance for redemption at the upcoming ONE: Big Bang next Friday, December 4.

Number-two rankled flyweight Danny “The King” Kingad takes on Kairat “The Kazakh” Akhmetov in a crucial tussle in the division, and Sangiao promises fans that things will go differently this time around.

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“We’re just asking for your support, patience, and prayers. We will be back, and we will be better.”

Catch ONE: BIG BANG live next Friday, December 4, for free by downloading the ONE Super App.


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