Team Lakay’s April Osenio is returning to the ONE Championship cage at “ONE: Global Superheroes” on January 26, 2018 opposite Jomary “The Zamboanganian Fighter” Torres, 21. Despite her distinct advantage in experience, Osenio admitted that she is not taking her opponent lightly as Torres is having an incredible journey in ONE Championship.
Torres shocked the world in August 2017. The little-known atomweight from the Philippines made her promotional debut against rising Thai martial arts star Rika “Tinydoll” Ishige, 28, at “ONE: Kings and Conquerors” in Macao, China.
While the Thai standout has emerged as one of the most popular talents in Asia’s martial arts scene, Torres stole her thunder on that fateful night when she submitted Ishige in the second round of their exhilarating contest. Three months after forcing Ishige to wave the white flag in her maiden ONE Championship appearance, Torres out-grappled Indonesia’s Nita Dea en route to a unanimous decision victory at “ONE: Hero’s Dream” in Yangon, Myanmar.
With such great performances from Torres, Osenio is training hard and has no time to be complacent. The fighter from Team Lakay is very much aware of the strengths of her “ONE: Global Superheroes” opponent.
Jomary Torres is very strong and skillful,” Osenio said. The Team Lakay fighter added that her opponent, who is fighting out of Catalan Fighting Systems, is “having an incredible run” as a competitor in ONE Championship.
“This makes my preparation for this next match crucial,” Osenio pointed out. She added that she wanted to show the world that she could hang with the best.
“ONE: Global Superheroes” will take place at the 20,000-seater SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. Aside from Osenio, there are three other Team Lakay fighters in the fight card, namely Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio, 28, Joshua “The Passion” Pacio, 22, and Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly, 33.
In the main event, Eustaquio and Kazakhstan’s Kairat Akhtemov, 30, will have a rematch in a ONE Interim Flyweight World Championship bout, and in the co-main event, Pacio will face China’s Lan Ming Qiang, 24, in a strawweight bout. Kellywill face Cambodia’s Meas Meu, 28, in the featherweight division.