After officially signing a contract with ONE Championship last June and joining his Team Lakay brothers, Jeremy Pacatiw was immediately pitted on the “Battleground” card against Chen Rui last July 30, inside the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
During his debut under the Singapore-based promotion, Pacatiw showcased the new breed of Team Lakay fighters with a more well-rounded approach in their arsenal, which in turn earned him an impressive unanimous decision win against his Chinese counterpart.
With the win, the “Juggernaut” has put the whole bantamweight division on notice and obtained a major case to be one of the top contenders in the weight class. Simultaneous to his victory is a household fighter in the division who wants to test the new name in the division, which is why we listed the athletes that Pacatiw could potentially face in his next fight.
Although Troy Worthen is coming off a knockout loss to John Lineker last April as a late replacement opponent, “Pretty Boy” can be a good match-up against Pacatiw. Interestingly, Worthen also made his ONE debut against Rui in July 2019 where he scored a TKO win. Worthen can test Pacatiw’s grappling skills as Worthen holds a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and a solid wrestling background, having been able to compete in the NCWA during his collegiate years.
Both have a solid record, with victories coming off stoppages which is a testament to their power. Worthen currently holds a record of 7-2 with three TKOs and a submission. If Pacatiw can get pass through Worthen, he will establish himself as a solid challenger and can get an outright match against a top five-ranked fighter.
Who doesn’t want redemption for their compatriot? That is what Chen Lei should be thinking as he watched his fellow Chinese athlete, Rui taste defeat at the hands of the Filipino MMA rising star. If this match can come to fruition, this is going to be a banger as both fighters are not shy to throw their hands and swing for the fences!
Although “Rock Man” hasn’t seen action in ONE Championship for almost two years now since his second-round TKO loss to Worthen, the 32-year-old fighter is a solid opponent for Pacatiw to evaluate his grit and durability inside the circle. Lei holds a record of 6-2 with four TKOs and a submission.
Kwon Won Il
Another “Pretty Boy” can possibly stop Pacatiw in his tracks to ONE’s top five rankings, in the form of Kwon Won Il. The Korean Taekwondo black belt is currently riding a two-fight win streak after defeating Bruno Pucci and Rui respectively, both via TKO. Kwon is known to be a slugger as he finished seven of his nine wins by way of TKO.
He also holds a win over Eric Kelly, one of Pacatiw’s teammates in the famed Team Lakay stable in Baguio City, which makes this match up much more intriguing. The winner of this potential bout could knock the door in the rankings and solidify himself as a legitimate contender in the bantamweight division.
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