ONE Championship stages the second iteration of its “Inside The Matrix” event in Singapore today with Filipino flyweight Ramon Gonzales taking part and looking to make his way back to the winning track.
Bicol native Gonzales, 33, is currently sporting a 3-3 record at ONE since being part of the promotion in 2015 and is vying to improve his record above the .500 mark in his fight against Indonesia’s Eko Roni Saputra.
Mr. Gonzales saw his winning streak stopped at three in November last year when he lost by unanimous decision to China’s Hexigetu.
While the ongoing coronavirus pandemic made it tougher to train, admitted Mr. Gonzales, he did not allow it to get in the way of putting in as much as he can in preparing for the fight with a grappler like Mr. Saputra.
“During the lockdown, I was able to train every day, together with my students, which are the Uchi-deshi. We used the time we couldn’t go out to stay in the gym, focus on our skills, and train,” said the three-time Kyokushin Karate Champion.
He went on to say that he is expecting an exciting fight and vowed to give fans what they want.
“I haven’t met Mr. Saputra personally, but I already watched his fights, and I think he is a great fighter. I’ll make sure that when it’s time to enter the Circle, I am ready. I promise my fans that I will show them the best of me this time.”
ONE: Inside The Matrix II is headlined by the world welterweight title clash between champion Kiamrian Abbasov of Kyrgyzstan and challenger James Nakashima of the United States. It also features the lightweight battle of title contenders Timofey Nastyukhin of Russia and Pieter Buist of The Netherlands.
It will be shown live here over One Sports at 8:30 p.m. with an encore telecast at 11 p.m. on TV5 on Nov. 7. — Michael Angelo S. Murillo