‘I-enjoy ko muna’ - No rush for unbeaten rising ONE Championship star Jomary Torres

No rush for unbeaten rising star Jomary Torres
Jomary Torres is 3-0 in ONE Championship.

When Jomary Torres choked out fan-favorite Thai star Rika Ishige in her ONE Championship debut back in August of 2017, the Zamboanganian mixed-martial artist went from a relative unknown to a name to watch out for.

Three months later, Torres dominated Indonesian Nita Dea to cement herself as a legitimate prospect in the ONE women’s strawweight division.

At ONE Championship: Global Superheroes in Manila last Friday, Torres kicked off 2018 with another impressive win, taking out Team Lakay women’s strawweight contender April Osenio via a violent first round knockout in just 41 seconds.

A win like that over a legitimate contender in Osenio pushes Torres to rising star status, and with a newly-installed world championship, it could even put her in the title picture.

And while many believe that at 3-0 in the ONE banner, Jomary already deserves her shot, the 21-year old isn’t rushing into it yet. Instead, she’d like to enjoy her success for a while first, adding that she feels she isn’t quite ready for a title shot just yet.

“I-eenjoy ko muna.” Torres said during the post-event presser. “Feeling ko mahihirapan pa ako sa title fight.”

Should the title opportunity present itself however, Torres says that she’ll be down for it.

“Kung ano man ibibigay ng ONE, tatanggapin ko parin.”

As much as Torres wants to downplay her current success, it’s undeniable that she’s turning into a legitimate contender for the world title, currently held by China’s Xiong Jing Nan.

Torres’ latest win against Osenio is no doubt an impressive one, given that Osenio trains at the famed Team Lakay gym in Baguio City, and while on a losing skid, her losses have come against top-flight competition such as former atomweight title challenger Jenny Huang and reigning strawweight champion Xiong.

For Torres, she holds her win over Osenio as a badge of honor.

“Happy ako na yung Team Lakay, nasubukan ko din na kalabanin, as in super happy yung pakiramdam.”

With her current streak of success, Torres is helping put her own gym, Catalan Fighting Systems on the Asian MMA radar as well.

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