Setting up camp deep in the high altitudes of the Philippines’ mountainous region, April Osenio, 23, hones her craft training with her esteemed stablemates at Team Lakay. Most of her training partners are already well-established in their careers and she certainly learns a lot from them.
According to Osenio, out of all her teammates, she spends the most time training with Gina “Conviction” Iniong, 28, Joshua “The Passion” Pacio, 22, Danny “The King” Kingad, 22, and Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio, 28. Osenio noted, “It is so important that we help each other improve because we can a lot from our experiences, especially championship bout experience.”
When Osenio steps back into the cage at “ONE: Global Superheroes” on January 26, 2018, her crosshairs are not only focused on having her hand raised in triumph, but also to catapult her position higher up the divisional ladder. She is set to face her fellow Filipino fighter Jomary “The Zamboanganian Fighter” Torres, 21, in the atomweight division.
“This next bout is so important because my opponent is one of our country’s best martial artists, and a win will really speak volumes of where I am at as a professional,” Osenio explained. “This is one of the toughest training camps I have ever had so far. I am ready to showcase the results on Friday.”
Taking place at the 20,000-seater SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines, “ONE: Global Superheroes” will be headlined by Eustaquio and Kazakhstan’s Kairat Akhtemov, 30. It is a rematch and a ONE Interim Flyweight World Championship bout.
Pacio will co-headline opposite with China’s Lan Ming Qiang, 24, in a strawweight bout. Also from Team Lakay, Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly, 33, will face Cambodia’s Meas Meu, 28, in the featherweight division.