Joshua Pacio gets big win over former ONE champ in Bangkok
Santino Honasan on Mar 12, 2017 12:52 AM
Team Lakay's Joshua Pacio, left, scored a big split decision win over former ONE Championship strawweight champion Dejdamrong sor Amnuaysirichoke. (Photo courtesy of ONE Championship)
Team Lakay strawweight Joshua Pacio scored arguably the biggest win of his young career to date as he eked out a split decision win over former ONE Championship strawweight world champion Dejdamrong sor Amnuaysirichoke at ONE: Warrior Kingdom, Saturday evening in Bangkok, Thailand.
The 21-year old Pacio once again displayed Team Lakay's ever-improving ground game by shutting down the three-time Lumpinee champion's striking for the first two rounds, taking Dejdamrong down at will and keeping him on the mat while landing some vicious strikes from the top position.
More of the same control from Pacio in round two, again stifling the former champion's elite striking and dictating the pace on the mat.
With a sense of urgency heading into the third round, Dejdamrong put on a spirited attempt to rally in the final five minutes of the match, stuffing all three of Pacio's attempts and putting his elite striking on display.
For his part, the Benguet-native withstood the Thai striker's onslaught while getting in a few counter shots of his own.
After three rounds, the two of the three judges scored the bout in favor of Team Lakay's young rising star.
Pacio bounces back from his first career loss, which happens to be at the hands of reigning ONE strawweight champion Yoshitaka Naito in Pacio's first crack at ONE gold.
With a big win over a former champion and top-tier strawweight such as Dejdamrong, Pacio may well have just re-insterted himself into the title picture.
Three other Pinoy fighters saw action at ONE: Warrior Kingdom, but unfortunately all had different outcomes as Pacio.
In the co-main event, Richard Corminal fell at the hands of Thai star Shannon "One Shin" Wiratchai via first round TKO.
Ramon Gonzales also suffered the same fate, getting stopped in the second round by Yodsanan Sityodtong, while Rabin Catalan opened the card with a TKO loss as well, courtesy of Pongsiri Mitsatit.