The year 2016 was not a good one for the 37-year-old fighter Vincent "Magnificent" Latoel after dropping his last two fights - both via KO - to Edward Kelly and Kotetsu Boku. For this upcoming year, he will be facing Vaughn Donare for the chance to redeem himself at the One Championship: Quest for Power in Jakarta, Indonesia this coming January 14, 2017.
Donayre also lost all his fights in 2016 but Latoel understands that Filipino fighters are not to be taken for granted after experiencing defeats from Kelly the newly crowned One Lightweight Champion, Eduard "The Landslide" Folayang.
“Filipino fighters are true warriors. I’ve faced Eduard Folayang before he became the ONE Lightweight World Champion. He was so tough and a gallant competitor. The same goes with Edward Kelly. He has a big heart,” recalled Latoel. “Filipinos fight with their pride and heart. I like these kinds of fighters because I have the same mentality.”
Latoel also claimed that his back-to-back losses did not affect his confidence in the sport but instead it made him a better fighter.
“In 2016, I had two losses. Winning and losing are part of the sport. A true winner is someone who doesn't give up and learns from his losses. I have learned from my 2016 fights. I am back, more focused and much stronger,” said Latoel.
In the two previous bouts of Donare, both went to three rounds with one losing to former One Featherweight Champion Honorio Banario via unanimous decision and the last match went a mile before submitting via rear-naked choke agianst Amir Khan. Latoel took note and he knows that he will be facing an aggresive fighter who is hungry to go back to the win column and claim his first victory in One Championsip.
“I expect the fight will be energetic and hard. It will have a lot of action, and I promise everyone that you will see a different Vincent Latoel,” said the Dutch-Indonesian fighter. “I can fight at a high pace for this bout. I know that Donayre is a veteran with a dream. I will prepare for everything.”
Fighting since 2001 and with mutliple organizations, Latoel knows that his experience will be the edge and he indends to use every inch of it when facing Donayre
“My greatest advantage against Donayre is my experience. I have over 30 fights in my career. I hope that I can utilize that advantage in the fight."
Latoel further explained that this is just another fight for him and there is no bad blood between him and other Filipino fighters.
“This is nothing personal, but I am determined to win. I’m fighting a brave Filipino fighter again. I have a lot of respect for Vaughn Donayre, but it’s my time to shine,” he concluded.