Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao gave his son Jhanlo a huge thumbs up after his impressive debut in ONE Championship last week.
Jhanlo scored a first-round submission win against Indonesian veteran Paul Lumihi via rear-naked choke in ONE: Winter Warriors II en route to his first professional win as well.
The older Sangiao noted that Jhanlo, 19, is still young and that the best has yet to come for the youngest professional athlete of Team Lakay.
The planning will be on coach Mark and the rest of Team Lakay, but the final execution lies on Jhanlo himself.
“For now, I think Jhanlo should do his part. He has to train well,” said the 42-year-old Sangiao. “Kailangan niya pa mag-training nang husto as a professional though andito na siya, sa professional na siya but the secret is to keep on training (He’s already a professional but he still needs to train more and be professional as well).
“Kailangan niya ring hasain ang kanyang skills to make him better para habang dumating mga kalaro niya kahit sino ‘yong kalaban later on, [nasa] rankings man or kung sinong makalaban niya rito, ready-ng ready siya (He also need to improve his arsenal so that he will be ready against anyone — be it those in the rankings or not),” the Team Lakay patriarch added.
While coach Mark considered Jhanlo’s win to silence the critics and doubters, he said his son still has a long way to go.
Prior to his promotional and professional debut, Jhanlo had a 3-0 record in the amateur level.
“Bata pa siya. Dami pa niyang improvement na kailangan but ‘yong pinakita niya [against Lumihi] very impressive so he will go there. We’ll just wait for ONE Championship kung ano plano nila (He’s still young and he has a lot to improve. But he will get there soon. What he showed against Lumihi was very impressive. We’ll just wait for ONE for their future plans for Jhanlo),” added the older Sangiao.
In previous interviews, coach Mark also said Jhanlo’s weight might still be temporary since it can change over time depending on his desired program.
But for now, Jhanlo is within the ranks of teammates Kevin Belingon, Stephen Loman, and Jeremy Pacatiw, who are all competing in the bantamweight.