Filipino striker Rene Catalan is ready to take on former champion Yoshitaka Naito in a strawweight clash on Friday, March 8, inside of Thuwunna Indoor Stadium, Myanmar at ONE: Reign of Valor.

A fighting instructor from Catalan Fighting System, which he and his brother Rabin founded, Rene admits that Naito is his most significant opponent to date.

“Definitely, this is the toughest and biggest match of my career,” stated Catalan.

He continued by saying, “Naito is a former world champion, well-experienced, and we all know how dangerous he is on the mat, but I’m confident with my skills and I will do whatever it takes to win and get my title shot.”

But he was quick to share some of the preparation he undertook ahead of his bout against the Japanese grappler, who recently lost his crown to Joshua Pacio back in September 2018.

“For the past few months, I’ve been focusing on my ground game, especially with my takedown defense with the help of our Philippine and SEA Games wrestling champ Roque Verangel Mananay Jr.,” he revealed.

“This is definitely one of the best camps I had, which is just in time for the most important match of my career. I’ve been training for these kinds of guys for so long, and I’ve been training hard almost every day.”

“I feel good and confident about this match. I will win in Yangon and put myself closer to my dream of becoming a world champion,” the Iloilo native concluded.

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