Representing Team Lakay, Gina “Conviction” Iniong, 28, of the Philippines is slated to face Jenny “Lady GoGo” Huang, 27, of Chinese Taipei at “ONE: Heroes of Honor” at the 20,000-seater SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines on April 20, 2018. They will compete in the atomweight division.
“It’s a privilege to compete with a talented martial artist like Jenny Huang,” Iniong said. “I am ready to give my countrymen an exciting bout.”
Highly-regarded as one of the most skilled female talents in ONE Championship, Huang sports a professional record of 5 wins and 2 losses. Of her 5 career victories, the Taiwanese owns 3wins via impressive submission including her gogoplata finish of Iniong’s Team Lakay comrade April Osenio, 23, in December 2016.
Huang is seeking redemption after losing two of her assignments in 2017, yielding to Angela Lee for the ONE Women’s Atomweight World Championship via third-round knockout in March and then bowing down to Yamaguchi by way of second-round submission two months later.
“I am not underestimating Jenny Huang by any means,” Iniong guaranteed. “To do so would be a terrible mistake, even if I am familiar with her style, I will bring my A-game on the 20th of April.”
Soft-spoken and generally reserved, Iniong is eager to get her career back on track but the Team Lakay hard-hitter also knows what she has to do to get the job done. She currently holds a professional record of 6 wins and 3 losses.
Before losing to Mei “V.V” Yamaguchi, 35, of Japan, Iniong defeated two opponents in the ONE Championship cage. She defeated her fellow Filipino fighter Natalie “The Kilapino” Gonzales Hills, 30, via unanimous decision on April 21, 2017 and Priscilla “Thathi” Lumban Gaol, 29, of Indonesia via technical knockout on November 10, 2017.
Iniong is brimming with pride and excitement as she wants to quickly bounce back from her loss to Yamaguchi. The Filipino fighter won when they first fought on March 29, 2014 but the Japanese fighter redeemed herself when they had their rematch on November 24, 2017.
“It’s time to move on from my defeat last November,” Iniong declared. “The future is bright for me. I have a tough opposition in front of me this coming April 20. If I want to be the next contender for the title, winning impressively against Jenny Huang will be my best option.”
On March 11, 2017, Huang unsuccessfully challenged reigning ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela “Unstoppable” Lee, 21. Here is a clip from their bout: