Indonesian standout Sunoto might have a scheduled bout on 14 January in his hometown of Jakarta, but he has an opponent in mind for his next fight.
The 31-year-old Indonesian fighter has set his sights on a rematch with Filipino fighter Edward Kelly inside the ONE Championship cage later this year.
Both men crossed paths last December on the undercard of ONE: AGE OF DOMINATION, where Kelly overcame a spirited performance from Sunoto to nab the victory in round three by referee stoppage.
Sunoto believes that he has a score to settle with Kelly, who is currently riding high on a three-match winning streak in ONE Championship.
“I want a rematch with Edward Kelly. My fight against him is my only loss in 2016. I would like to redeem myself by facing him again,” he stated.
Before Kelly mounted a much-need rally in the third frame, Sunoto was in control of the featherweight contest as he battered and maneuvered his Filipino foe effortlessly on the ground.
I WANT A REMATCH WITH EDWARD KELLY. MY FIGHT AGAINST HIM IS MY ONLY LOSS IN 2016.
Tides changed in the last round when Kelly had a stand-up exchange and landed a thunderous body kick that sent Sunoto crumbling to the mat, giving him an opening to secure a full mount and finish it with ground-and-pound.
“I was close to finishing Edward Kelly. I believe that I was winning on the judges’ scorecards as well. It was an unfortunate ending for me,” Sunoto said about the fight against Kelly.
Sunoto sees a different outcome if he will be given a chance to lock horns with Kelly once more.
“I have all the respect in the world for Edward. He’s a good man and a good fighter, but I believe that I have a big shot at winning if there will be a rematch in the future,” he claimed.
With a potential second encounter with Kelly on the horizon, Sunoto has to care of the task that it is currently in front of him.
Sunoto is booked to face hard-hitting Cambodian kickboxer Chan Heng at ONE: QUEST FOR POWER, which takes place at the Jakarta Convention Center in Jakarta, Indonesia on 14 January.
According to Sunoto, he is putting his entire focus on his marquee match-up with Heng as “The Terminator” believes that he is in a must-win situation.
“Basically, I went back to the gym after the Edward Kelly fight. I didn’t take any time off. For this fight, I am leaving everything, including my coaching job to focus on preparing myself for the fight. I really want to win this fight,” Sunoto ended.