Team Lakay’s Jeremy Pacatiw is out to unleash the “Juggernaut” when he faces Chinese fighter Chen Rui in his ONE Championship debut in ONE: Battleground at the Singapore Indoor Stadium Friday, July 30.
This will mark Pacatiw’s first fight since knocking out Brazilian foe Felipe Efrain in December 2019 when he was still competing in Bahrain-based promotion BRAVE Combat Federation.
“Si Chen Rui ay isang malupit din na fighter ‘yong kailangan ko lang gawin ay maging ‘Juggernaut’ sa laban,” the 25-year-old Team Lakay stalwart told the Manila Bulletin. “Gawin ko lang ‘yong dapat kong gawin, ‘yong mga advice ng coaches ko at ng mga kasama ko para makuha ‘yong panalo.
“Makikita nila ‘yong bagong Jeremy Pacatiw so ‘yong hindi nila nakita noong last na laro ko ay makikita nila ngayon. Talagang pinaghandaan ko to para manalo,” added Pacatiw, who holds a 10-4 mixed martial arts record.”
He joined latest recruits Stephen Loman, the longest reigning champion in BRAVE CF and Jhanlo Sangiao, the son of Team Lakay head coach Mark.
The Team Lakay bantamweight bet will be riding on the momentum set by teammate Edward Kelly, who scored a split decision win over Egyptian opponent Ahmed Faress in ONE: Full Blast last May.
Chen, for his part, last saw action in January this year and yielded to South Korean fighter Kwon Won Il via third-round technical knockout.
Chen, 25, fell to a 9-2 record. In ONE alone, the Chinese warrior has won five of his seven bouts.
An all-Thai showdown is set for the main event as Sam-A defends his strawweight muay thai belt against Prajanchai while former ONE middleweight champion Aung La N Sang will return to the Circle against Brazilian Leandro Ataides.