Team Lakay's Gina Iniong offered to step in for Angela Lee in Singapore
Team Lakay's Gina Iniong has been offered a match against Mei Yamaguchi in Singapore. (FILE PHOTO)
Reigning ONE Championship atomweight queen Angela Lee was scheduled to defend her championship in a rematch against Mei Yamaguchi at ONE: Immortal Pursuit this coming November 24th in Singapore.
Unfortunately, Lee met a car accident as she was driving to the gym early last week, and while thankfully, she only suffered a concussion and some minor burns, she definitely won't be at a hundred percent by the time fight night rolls in.
With Yamaguchi left without an opponent for the Singapore show, ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong revealed during the post-fight press conference of Friday's ONE: Legends of the World card in Manila that Team Lakay atomweight Gina Iniong was offered the massive opportunity to step in for the champ.
"Gina has been offered to fight Mei on two weeks notice, let’s see if Gina accepts, but that is a massive fight for Gina, right?"
Earlier that night, Iniong dominated Indonesian Priscilla Lumban Gaol en route to a second-round TKO win.
Absorbing minimal damage, 'Conviction' said she was ready to go on two weeks' notice.
"Opo, tatanggapin ko kasi nag-train naman po ako, tapos ensayado pa naman po ako."
("Of course, I'll accept. I've been training, and I'm still in shape.")
The ball is now in Yamaguchi's court. Should she choose to accept, she'll still be having a rematch in Singapore, just not with Angela Lee.
See, Iniong and Yamaguchi have crossed paths before, back in 2014, at a PXC show in Manila, where Iniong outpointed and upset a more-experienced Yamaguchi via Split Decision.
This time around, the stakes are bigger for both ladies.
A win for Yamaguchi cements her place as the number one contender. A win for Iniong, according to Sityodtong, puts her in front of the line to challenge Lee for the strawweight title.
"Let’s see if Mei accepts, that’s a massive massive fight, because if Gina wins, then we’re talking a title shot against Angela Lee."
Expect an official announcment in the coming days.