GEJE Eustaquio is relieved to finally be back on the winning track after avenging his loss to Thai flyweight Anatpong Bunrad in ONE: Dynasty of Heroes last week in Singapore.
Eustaquio looked poised for a title shot last year but was eventually derailed as he lost via first round submission to Finnish Toni Tauru in Manila last December.
The now 9-5 Lakay banger quickly put that loss behind him as he returned the favor to his former tormentor in Bunrad by eking out a split decision victory.
“It’s a breath of fresh air, ‘cause I am back on the winning side," Eustaquio said.
"Of course, this will not be the end. There will be new assignments in the future. Anyone who wants to face me next, I am ready to dance with you.”
Eustaquio, however, was left surprised after with the split decision verdict, thinking that he clearly outworked his rival in a pulsating three-round showdown.
After a slow start, Eustaquio started to get his feet under him in the ensuing rounds to take control of the match for good.
“I was surprised with the three judges’ decision. I was expecting a unanimous decision win against my opponent," Eustaquio said.
“Rounds Two and Three, I knew it’s all mine because I was landing my strikes. I was consistent with that. My work rate was much better this time around as well," he added.
But for him, a win is a win and he knows that it puts him in a good position to contend for the flyweight title, currently held by interim titlist Adriano Moraes.
“I am so happy whether it’s split or unanimous. I am the winner. I respect the three judges’ decision. I know I did my best inside the cage,” he said.