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Shinya Aoki excited to fight for ONE lightweight belt vs Eduard Folayang in hometown Japan

November 27, 2019

first_imgSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Shinya Aoki. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Shinya Aoki waited more than two years to have a crack at the ONE World lightweight championship that he once owned.The Japanese fighter reigned as the promotion’s lightweight champion from April 2013 to November 2016 before losing the strap to Eduard Folayang via technical knockout.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Leo Austria expects Terrence Romeo to rally behind Beermen’s cause: ‘He wants to win a championship’ LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Hell bent on regaining that he held for more than three years, Aoki (42-8) went on a 3-1 stomp on the next four fights after his loss to Folayang including three straight victories in 2018.And it’s after those victories that Aoki finally got a chance at the title he once owned against the very same fighter who defeated him.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionAoki will be facing Folayang in the main event of ONE: A New Era in Tokyo, the first time ONE Championship will hold a card in Japan, on March 31, and the Japanese icon expressed his delight in facing his rival in his home country.“I am happy to get the chance to fight in my home country for ONE Championship,” said Aoki. MOST READ Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completioncenter_img Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’ PLAY LIST 02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’00:50Trending Articles02:03MMA legends gather in Tokyo for historic ONE: New Era fight week02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES As if fate had it, Aoki and Folayang had a similar path to their rematch.Folayang (21-6) needed just one more day to complete a full year as champion but he suffered a stunning knockout loss to Martin Nguyen 2:20 into the second round of their fight on Nov. 10, 2017.The Landslide also two straight fights to set up a match with Singapore’s Amir Khan that the Filipino won via unanimous decision to regain the ONE World lightweight belt.Aoki did not comment on an outcome but he did it would be another firecracker of a bout between him and his once conqueror.“I don’t know what will happen in the rematch, all I know is that it will be a tough fight and I look forward to it.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img

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