ONE: Motivation runs deep for debuting Adonis Sevilleno

A series of warriors Adonis Sevilleno.  -A PICTURE

A series of warriors Adonis Sevilleno. -A PICTURE

MANILA, Philippines–Adonis Sevilleno has every reason to perform well as he makes his professional debut in ONE’s stacked showcase at the Mall of Asia Arena this Saturday.

For starters, he’s the winner in ONE Warrior Series, a reality show that shows 16 potential customers competing against each other. Sevilleno has also trained with champion boxers at the famous Team Lakay in La Trinidad, Benguet.

And that was a compelling reason to have a successful debut on match night.

However, Sevilleno chose to keep it simple when asked what motivates him the most.

“This is the beginning of a great future that I can provide for my family,” Sevilleno told the Inquirer.

Sevellino, during the pandemic, had to make ends meet by trying to teach boxing and muay thai while overcoming a series of restrictions.

As the winner of ONE’s Warrior Series, Sevellino currently has a combat contract worth $100,000 (approximately P5 million). However, how long it will last, and how much more it will grow, will be determined by how he charts his ONE phase—starting with Drex Zamboanga, another Filipino.

The Cebu native currently holds the 2-2 record. His opponent, toughened by the Thai coach, is 13-5.

Sevellino has the qualities of a star, according to Mark SanGiao, the conductor of Team Lakay.

“He’s docile, persistent, and quick to pick up on things,” SanGiao said in a private chat with the Inquirer. “He’ll do just fine.”

Sevellino said he’s grateful to have all kinds of support in his corner, but he knows very well that everything else is now in his hands from now on.

And he desperately wants to make it count.

“This is too big for me. I’m lucky that I landed this gig. I see this as a way to improve my life and that of my family,” said the father of two.

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