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Loman ready to face new bantam king Andrade after latter’s call out

A call out is a challenge accepted by Team Lakay’s Stephen Loman as he could possibly face newly installed ONE bantamweight king Fabricio Andrade after beating Jon Lineker last Febraury 25 in Bangkok, Thailand.

“I felt thrilled when he mentioned my name. He knows I’m next on his list and for sure, I won’t back down from this fight,” Loman told ONE in an interview after the world title fight between the two Americans at the Lumrinee Boxing Stadium in the ONE Fight Night 7.

If there was one individual who closely monitored the grueling rematch between Fabricio “Wonder Boy” Andrade and John “Hands of Stone” Lineker for the then-vacant ONE Bantamweight World Championship over the weekend, it was none other than Stephen “The Sniper” Loman.

Andrade called on the Team Lakay member who is currently number 3 in the bantamweight division and who could be next in line for the title fight in the stacked up weight division.

The newly-minted bantamweight king also wasted no time in making it known that he plans to face all comers after his coronation.

“You all know we got a contender in line. Loman, you want this? Come get it.” Andrade stated in his post-fight interview.

The call out made Loman grin from ear to ear but he is in no hurry to face the new champion who is expected to have a long rest after the Lineker fight.

“I’d say, congratulations on the win. He performed well. I am ready to accept his challenge and I would love to fight him anytime, anywhere,” Loman declared.

“Loman has a big probability to play for a title fight,” summed Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao in a private message to this writer.

Loman was simply amazed of the intensity the two fighters showed during the four of the supposed five round title fight where Lineker raised the white flag after four rounds.

“They went at it from the very beginning. They had no feeling-out process in the first round,” Loman said of the thrilling encounter in a ONE release.

“They had a great fight. They just went at it and kept trading blows and kicks until John was unable to continue anymore in the fifth round,” he said.
“I didn’t expect the contest to end that way. I thought it would go the full route and go to a decision.”

Loman saw team mate Danny Kingad ended a 14 month lay-off without showing any rust when the Team Lakay stalwart stopped Eko Roni Saputra and ended the Indonesian’s seven fight win streak.  Pigeon Lobien

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