Catalan targets return before year ends

Eager to come back strong after a disappointing loss in his last match, Filipino strawweight Robin "The Ilonggo" Catalan is patiently waiting for his next assignment on the ONE Championship stage.

Catalan, who is coming off a first-round KO loss against Thai rising star Pongsiri "The Smiling Assassin" Mitsatit at ONE: WARRIORS OF LIGHT in Bangkok last May, is hopeful to get back to his winning ways before the year ends.

“I’m excited to bounce back. I had a lot of shortcomings in my previous match and we managed to fix it during training,” Catalan said.

“I kept on training after my loss, hoping to fight again quickly so I can have the chance to end this year on a bright note.”

It was a grand start to the year for the younger of the Catalan brothers. He scored a unanimous decision victory over Stefer “The Lion” Rahardian at ONE: ETERNAL GLORY last January.

Prior to that, Catalan also had a productive 2018 campaign. He ended the year with two wins and a loss.

Determined to get back to his winning ways, Catalan hopes to book a slot in the upcoming ONE: MASTERS OF FATE, the organization’s last Philippines event in 2019.

“I’m in great shape. I have no injuries and I have been training well. I’ll take on any offers right now,” Catalan said.

“Given a chance, I hope to join the Manila card this November. It’s been more than two years since I last fought in front of my countrymen. It will be a big opportunity for me and I hope my request gets heard.”

The Filipino Muay Thai World Champion also stressed that he has no preferences and is willing to face any opponent in the division.

“I don’t pick opponents. I always give my 100 percent regardless of whoever’s in front of me,” Catalan said.

“I’ll definitely show how motivated I am. I’ll show the changes in my game, and they’ll see how motivated I am to succeed in this sport.”

Catch ONE Championship’s event, ONE: IMMORTAL TRIUMPH, on 6 September in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. It will be the organization’s first-ever all-Super Series event. 

Watch the action live on the ONE Super App.

Topics: Robin "The Ilonggo" Catalan , ONE Championship , Pongsiri "The Smiling Assassin" Mitsatit , ONE: WARRIORS OF LIGHT
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