Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao is pleased to see son Jhanlo making progress in his mixed martial arts career.
The elder Sangiao helped mold the careers of some of local MMA's top fighters, including Eduard Folayang, but training Jhanlo, 17, is something he looks forward to.
“I am just happy to see that he is enjoying the training. He is progressing, but the road is still far and stretched,” Sangiao said.
Jhanlo has already made it clear he wants to become world champion someday, and his dad is just glad to show him the way.
“It will still be a long journey for him but the thing now is, he loves the learning process. The honing will come as time goes,” the father said.
Jhanlo has earned praise from ONE Warrior Series CEO Rich Franklin. The former multiple middleweight world champion has described the younger Sangiao as having a "big future."
The teen prospect has shown his versatility in an impressive start to his amateur career, finishing all three of his contests.
It is fortunate for Jhanlo that he has his father even during the widespread shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The additional hours at home meant more training between them.
“We have been working on conditioning, stairs running, jogging, calisthenic exercises, pad work and more. We both enjoy pad work the most,” said Sangiao, who sees his son becoming a much better version of himself.
“At 17, I was shy. He is more confident and more skilled. The fact is that he is surrounded with high-caliber athletes and he has a real coach. For mentality, he still has to test how strong his mental toughness is and I am looking forward to that.”
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