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Baguio City’s Joshua Pacio focused on bringing home ONE Strawweight World Champion belt

Yoshitaka Naito, Joshua Pacio

Yoshitaka Naito, Joshua Pacio

Fighting out of Baguio City, Philippines, Joshua “The Passion” Pacio, 22, is ready to capture the ONE Strawweight World Champion title from reigning champion Yoshitaka “Nobita” Naito, 34, of Matsudo, Chiba, Japan. The two will headline “ONE: Conquest of Heroes” at the Jakarta Convention Center in Jakarta, Indonesia on September 22, 2018.

This is a rematch between Pacio and Naito. The Filipino challenger, who represents Team Lakay, failed to dethrone the Japanese champion during their first encounter but this time, the fighter from Baguio City is confident that the result is going to be different.

“My mind is clear and calm,” Pacio stated. “My focus is on bringing that belt home to Baguio City. I admit I was very young and inexperienced in that first title shot.”

“It’s different now,” the Baguio City native added. “Training with my Team Lakay brothers, they have molded me into a complete fighter and I am ready to showcase my skills. Winning the belt means the world to me.”

Pacio appears fit and ready to deliver the performance of a lifetime. He said, “There are a lot of fans who look up to me and I can’t let them down.”

“I have worked so hard over the last couple of years, now it’s time for harvest,” the Team Lakay fighter continued. “I owe everything to my teammates, to God, to the fans, and everyone who has shown their support. Winning this title is a dream come true and will be the start of a new chapter in my career.”

With Pacio and Naito in the main event, “ONE: Conquest of Heroes” will be co-headlined by Stefer “The Lion” Rahardian, 31, of Indonesia and Peng Xue Wen, 22, of China. Meanwhile, here is the Team Lakay fighter during his most recent ONE Championship win:

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