WITH elder brother Eric suffering a thunderous knockout loss to Kwon Won Il on Friday at ONE: Roots of Honor, Edward Kelly feels that it's time for him to step in and talk to his brother with regards to the former's future.
"Maybe, it's time to talk to my brother," he said as the 35-year-old Edward hopes to have his 36-year-old kuya Eric train with a camp rather than just doing it by his lonesome.
"Nasa isip ko na kung kailangan niya ituloy ang MMA career niya, kailangan niya maghanap ng fight camp na tututok sa training niya. Yun ang usapan namin since yung second loss niya."
Edward understands that though Eric is cut from the same cloth, the latter still goes by the old school way of thinking and has done self-training for the past three years.
"Yun ang mentality niya as an old fighter. Pero ngayon, lahat na nage-evolve. Kailangan niya ng proper training camp," the younger Kelly said.
Edward truly felt for his brother's quick defeat on Friday, but had a business to deal with his own, too, taking on Korean foe Sung Jong Lee.
"Of course, I'm very sad for what happened to my brother. Any knockout loss is unbearable. Since I entered the cage, I felt sadness but I tried not to get affected," he said.
"Nasa isip ko lang kailangan ko talagang manalo. Kami ni Joshua (Pacio) yung naunang natalo noong January, so yun ang nakadagdag ng pagpupursigi sa amin, na kailangan naming manalo ngayon kahit anong mangyari."
Kelly did go on and knock out Lee in the second round via ground and pound, while Pacio reclaimed the ONE Strawweight Championship with a sensational fourth round knockout of Yosuke Saruta in the co-main event as Team Lakay went 2-0 for the night.
With the Manila card now done, could Edward enthuse Eric to finally go train with a camp, possibly with the famed Benguet stable? He says only time will tell.
"Sabi naman ni coach Mark (Sangiao), always open ang Team Lakay kung sino ang pupunta. Matagal na namin siya iniinvite kaso decision pa rin niya yun. Ako mismo, hindi ko malaman," he said.