Loman stays focused ahead of Lineker showdown
Gearing up. Team Lakay’s Stephen Loman warms up before his sparring as he prepares against former world champion John Lineker in their bantamweight showdown in One Championship on September 29. (Team Lakay File photo)
Despite the departure of his seniors in Team Lakay, Stephen Loman remains in high morale as he gear’s up against former world champion John Lineker in their bantamweight showdown in One Championship One Fight Night 14 on September 29 in Singapore.
Loman has been in deep training with Team Lakay for the past month where he was anticipating a title showdown with Fabricio Andrade but he believes once he hurdles the former world champion, the 31–year–old is expected to vie for the title.
“Tuloy pa rin ang training. Despite what happened mataas pa rin ang morale, same pa rin ang mind set which is to train double time and win,” said Loman.
It will be no surprise if Loman hurdles Linecker, a known knock-out artist with 18 of his 36 bouts coming via stoppage while having 10 defeats
Loman said Team Lakay has been crafting a game plan that would counter Lineker’s punching abilities.
“We have to mix it up against Lineker. When it comes to ground game yun ang magiging advantage natin pero we can also mix it up sa striking,” added Loman who currently holds a record of 16 – 2 win-loss card and is currently undefeated in his last 11 bouts since falling to Rex De Lara in 2016.
Loman will also ride high on his recent victory against another world champion, Bibiano Fernandes in his last outing which grabbed the attention of Andrade for a possible title match.
It will be a fascinating clash of styles as Loman’s technical striking and precision will be pitted against Lineker’s raw power and aggression.
Loman, a former PXC and Brave CF champion, is renowned for his pinpoint striking, powerful kicks, and a relentless pace that leaves his opponents gasping for breath while Lineker, a Brazilian bruiser is known for his exceptional knockout power and granite chin.
With ONE Championship’s bantamweight division stacked with top talent, a victory for either Loman or Lineker could catapult them into title contention as both fighters are well aware of the stakes, and the hunger to secure a title shot will undoubtedly add an extra layer of intensity to this clash. ### (TL /PR)