MMA, martial arts

Jomary Torres: Team Lakay’s April Osenio will have to wait and be surprised

Jomary Torres, Rika Ishige

Jomary Torres, Rika Ishige

Filipino MMA fighter Jomary “The Zamboanganian Fighter” Torres, 21, has emerged as a promising talent in merely three years. Since her ONE Championship debut, she has compiled an undefeated professional record of 3-0.

On January, 26, 2018, Torres will once again be strutting her wares under the bright lights as she takes on fellow Filipina April Osenio of Team Lakay. They will compete in a three-round atomweight clash on the undercard of “ONE: Global Superheroes” in Manila, Philippines.

If there is anyone who knows about the pressure of following up back-to-back victories, it would be Osenio. She rebounded from a 2015 loss with back-to-back wins against the likes of Natalie Gonzales Hills and Malaysian star Ann Osman in 2016.

However, Osenio could not capitalize on her momentum. She stumbled with a string of defeats to former atomweight world title contender Jenny Huang and most recently to current ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan.

Even with the recent setbacks, the Team Lakay athlete is a two-time national Wushu champion of the Philippines who has competed against world-class talents at the top of both the women’s atomweight and strawweight divisions. Aware of Osenio’s capabilities, Torres is training diligently in every aspect of the game.

“I am still not certain how I will go about with the match,” the fighter from Zamboanga said. She added that Osenio “will have to wait and be surprised” with what she is going to do in the cage.

While Torres is singularly focused on the task at hand, she is not short on motivation as she is driven by making life better for her loved ones and the people who have continuously supported her along the way.

“I want to give back to my gym, and the people who love and support me. I am competing for my country. Everything I do is for all of them, and as long as I can do this, I will keep doing this,” she ended.

​Torres credits all of her success to her mentor Rene Catalan, who equipped her with the necessary tools to flourish inside the cage. Also a ONE Championship fighter, the latter won via technical knockout via punches at “ONE: Kings of Courage” on January 20, 2018 against his Chinese opponent Peng Xue Wen in Jakarta, Indonesia.

“Although he may be a bit strict sometimes, I know that it is for my own good,” Torres said of Catalan. “He is the one who introduced me to this world of martial arts and I really admire how he manages to do what he does.”

Meanwhile, watch a clip featuring Torres and Rika “Tinydoll” Ishige here:

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