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I'M A GROWN MAN NOW | Eustaquio claims to have learned lessons from painful defeat to Bunrad ahead of rematch


By Ivan Saldajeno

PASAY—Barely overshadowed by the no-contest ruling on the Ben Askren-Luis Santos headliner in One: Valor of Champions on April 24, 2015 was the equally intriguing split decision win by Anatpong Bunrad over Geje Eustaquio in an undercard.

In the match that could have gone either way, the Thai fighter put the Mall of Asia Arena crowd into complete silence by escaping with what the Filipino fighter thought was a "razor-thin" victory.

[Related Story: Bunrad stuns home country favorite Eustaquio at Valor of Champions]

Fast forward to Tuesday, just two and a half weeks away from One: Dynasty of Heroes in Singapore. Eustaquio gets a chance at redemption.

One announced Eustaquio-Bunrad 2 as a late addition to the May 26 event at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

[Related Story: Eustaquio battles Bunrad in colossal rematch]

Ahead of the rematch, however, Eustaquio told reporters that a different version of him will enter the One Championship cage.

"I'm a grown man [now]. I have improved in all aspects of the game," said Eustaquio during a special media event by Team Lakay at the Vikings Restaurant at SM By the Bay.

Regarding the things that he thought affected his cause in their first meeting, Eustaquio said that he could have been more aggressive.

"I lacked the quantity," he rued.

Eustaquio also saw Bunrad's efficiency in the kicking game as a plus factor for the Thai.

"I didn't feel them that hard, but in the eyes of the judges, they had a big impact. I'm going to avoid the leg kicks [this time]," Eustaquio further said.

He then vowed, "I will make sure it's going to be a landslide if it will go to a decision or if God permits, I'll like him [knocked] down or I'll submit him."

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