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Team Lakay ready to banner PH flag in ONE Infinity series



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With ONE Championship’s recent announcement of Infinity Series, opportunities to showcase the Philippines talent to the world just got bigger.

The Home Of Martial Arts will highlight three particular Infinity cards, which will be held in Jakarta in April, Manila in May, and Tokyo in October.

This early, Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao feels excited that his team could participate in those titanic events.

“Of course, whether it’s in a major event or a minor one, we have to be ready. Those are equally important, but this is one thing that we can look forward to,” Sangiao said.

“We hope we get to be part of the line-up of the upcoming Infinity Series. One of those will be held in Manila, so we hope we get to send a lot of athletes to represent this country there.”

As ONE continues to build martial arts around the world, Sangiao wants nothing more than for Team Lakay to repeat the magic they had at ONE: Fire and Fury in Manila last January.

Gina “Conviction” Iniong and Lito “Thunder Kid” Adiwang scored big wins on the lead card. Meanwhile, Danny “The King” Kingad got back to the winning lane after his unanimous decision win on the main card.

In the main event, Joshua “The Passion” Pacio defended his ONE Strawweight World Title for the second time with a decision win over Alex “Little Rock” Silva.

Sangiao attributed their recent success to many things, from the lessons in defeat to their newly constructed facility built late last year.

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“That card showed how big teamwork and hard work is,” Sangiao said.

“I think having a better gym also helped us a lot. We were much more prepared, and it showed with how they executed their game plan.”

With momentum behind them, Sangiao is expecting a grand year for the highly-touted gym in Baguio City.

“We started well and that should inspire our athletes to win more. I know their confidence is really high now, and they want to keep this up,” Sangiao said.

“We have to remain positive in order to attract positivity. 2020 should be a great year for us.”

ONE Championship returns to The Lion City for ONE: King of the Jungle on February 28 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

One of Sangiao’s prized pupils – Honorio “The Rock” Banario – will return to the featherweight division when he battles Shannon “OneShin” Wiratchai on the lead card.

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