ONE Championship: Belingon expects hometown-like Filipino support in Singapore unification bout

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(CNN Philippines, October 18) — Kevin Belingon is banking on the Filipino community to come out and support him when he fights in Singapore.

The interim bantamweight world champion will be going up against reigning bantamweight king Bibiano Fernandes in a rematch at the Singapore Indoor Stadium for the ONE: Heart of the Lion fight card on November 9.

Belingon lost to Fernandes of Brazil via first round submission in their first meeting back in 2016.

"Fighting in Singapore is almost like fighting in Manila. Thousands of Filipinos are based there, and they never fail to show support when their fellow Filipino is scheduled to compete at a ONE Championship event," Belingon said.

It was in the same place where Belingon saw former lightweight champion and Team Lakay teammate Eduard Folayang raise his belt in front of their countrymen.

"I was there when Eduard Folayang pulled off the unexpected against Shinya Aoki to capture the ONE lightweight world title in 2016. Filipino fans were cheering for Eduard from start to finish, and the stadium erupted from the chants of countless Filipinos when he was officially crowned as the new ONE lightweight world Champion," the 30-year-old Belingon said.

Belingon is riding on a six-bout winning streak with Martin Nguyen as his last victim to hold a 19 win and five loss slate.

"I expect the same support, and hopefully an even bigger turnout from Filipino fans when I challenge Bibiano Fernandes for the ONE bantamweight world title on November 9 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Our country is known for its passionate and knowledgeable fans who never fail to show massive support for one of their own," he said.