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Folayang to use third Aoki showdown as career barometer

By: - Reporter / @MarkGiongcoINQ
/ 07:17 PM April 27, 2021
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Eduard Folayang vs Shinya Aoki. ONE CHAMPIONSHIP PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — Eduard Folayang and Shinya Aoki have split their first two encounters so far.

But for the Team Lakay icon, their upcoming third fight isn’t just about settling the score.

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The two meet again on Thursday in ONE on TNT IV in what could very well be the final chapter in their storied rivalry.

“Of course, I will base the next step of my career on the result of this fight,” Folayang said Tuesday during a media availability.

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Having dropped four of his last five fights, Folayang is in a make-or-break situation against Aoki if he is to climb the rankings and continue his pursuit of becoming a three-time lightweight champion.

Folayang isn’t getting any younger at 37 and he’s also suffered a pair of devastating knockouts.

But time and again, the Filipino warrior has shown his ability to bounce back.

“I really like being an underdog because it gives me a lot of motivation to bring my best,” he said.
“This is one of the most important fights in my career. This is one of the legends in the sport.”

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