ONE Championship: Filipina Jomary Torres set on proving critics wrong
Santino Honasan on Sep 20, 2018 07:53 PM
"Marami din nagsasabi na ĎAh, wala yan, yang mga Team Catalan na yan. Hinahayaan ko na lang. Ipapakita ko na lang sa kanila yung kakalabasan sa laban."
Filipina atomweight contender Jomary Torres is easily one of ONE Championship's fastest-rising female fighters today.
The 22-year old Zamboanga Del Norte native is riding a four-fight winning streak, three of which have come inside the ONE Championship stage, and two of those wins were against top contenders in Rika Ishige and Team Lakay's April Osenio.
At ONE: Conquest of Heroes on Satuday, September 22nd at the Jakarta Convention Center in Jakarta, Indonesia, Torres targets her fifth-straight win against hometown bet Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol.
While she's exponentially more confident now compared to when she debuted for ONE Championship back in 2017, Torres admits that the thought of having the homecourt disadvantage is giving her some sleepless nights.
"Tuwing matutulog ako, medyo hindi nga ako makatulong ng masyado eh, kasi taga-rito yung kalaban ko, parang kinakabahan na ewan eh. Hindi ko masabi yung ka, pero focused parin ako sa pagte-training." Torres shared with the media jokingly during Thursday's media open workout.
While she admits that it's giving her the jitters, Torres bared that it's also becoming somewhat a source of motivation.
"First time ko na taga-dito yung makakalaban ko, sa sarili ko parang, sa tingin ko, akin ‘to. Hindi talaga ako matatalo, mas motivated po ako."
Aside from that, "The Zamboanganian Fighter" is also out to prove her critics wrong.
While at 4-0 in her career, it's hard to imagine anyone criticizing Torres, the criticism is mainly directed on her camp, the Catalan Fighting System Philippines team.
Save for Jomary and head coach Rene Catalan, the team hasn't had a lot of success, and it has people talking.
For Torres, rather than engage, she'd rather just shut them up by showing what she can do when the bell rings.
"Marami din nagsasabi na ‘Ah, wala yan, yang mga Team Catalan na yan’," she says. "Hinahayaan ko na lang. Ipapakita ko na lang sa kanila yung kakalabasan sa laban."
Well so far, she's done quite the splendid job at it.
"Marami din naman nag-cocomment, pero hinahayaan ko na lang na. Kung papatulan kasi, lalaki pa, kaya hinahayaan ko na lang, pakita ko na lang na kaya natin, kasi para sa bansa din natin ‘to eh."
"Alam ko sa sarili ko na kaya ko, kasi andyan naman si God, andyan naman lahat ng ka-teammate ko, andyan naman lahat ng sumusuporta. Kung wala sila, wala din ako, hindi ako makaka-akyat sa ganito ka-laki na laban." Torres added.
In Gaol, Torres believes that she'll be facing the toughest fight of her career so far. The Indonesian is coming off a loss and is no doubt eager to bounce back.
"Ito na siguro [yung pinaka-malakas], medyo mas may malakas pa ata sa kanya, pero pag-hahandaan ko din yun, ensayo ensayo din." Torres says.
A win for Torres will definitely set her up for a step up in level of competition as she works closer to a possible world title shot.
More importantly, a win will no doubt help silence some of those critics as well.
Catch ONE Championship: Conquest of Heroes on Saturday, September 22nd at 10:30 PM LIVE on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23!