Eric Kelly holds no grudge against brother’s conqueror Ev Ting

Nissi Icasiano
Eric Kelly holds no grudge against brother’s conqueror Ev Ting
Filipino fighter Eric Kelly shoots down the notion that he is out to avenge his younger brother’s defeat at the hands of Ev Ting

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Filipino fighter Eric Kelly shot down the notion that he is out to avenge his younger brother’s defeat at the hands of Malaysian-Kiwi stalwart Ev Ting as both men are set to collide in the main event of ONE Championship’s “Clash of Heroes” card on Friday, January 29.

According to the 33-year-old veteran from Baguio City, he does not hold any personal grudge against Ting, who knocked out Edward Kelly with a first-round head kick in October 2014.

 “For me, it’s me pure business. This is my career. This is my work. I will fight to get the victory,” Kelly told Rappler.

Defeating Filipino combatants is nothing new to the 26-year-old native of Auckland, New Zealand as Ting came out victorious in 5 of his last 6 bouts against Filipino contenders, defeating the likes of Mark Abelardo, Rolando Gabriel Dy and Cary Bullos.

Ting also owns a second-round knockout win over American journeyman Will Chope, who gained popularity under the Philippine-based Universal Reality Combat Championship.

In his most recent victory, Ting submitted former ONE featherweight titleholder Honorio Banario in just 56 seconds with a first-round guillotine choke this past October. 

“I will just do my job and also do my best against him,” Kelly said of Ting, who was last seen in a losing effort against a Pinoy competitor in February 2012 when he yielded to Mark Striegl via first-round submission.

Although he reiterated that there is no bad blood between him and his opponent, Kelly stressed that a decisive triumph over Ting will put a gleeful smile on his brother’s face.

 “I believe my brother will be proud of me if I will get the win. But again, this is nothing personal,” he quipped

ONE: Clash of Heroes is set to take place at the 10,000-seater Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. – Rappler.com

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