Three Filipinos booked for ONE Championship’s final 2018 event in Jakarta

ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 06, 2018 10:04 AM
Three Filipinos booked for ONE's final 2018 event in JKT
Angelie Sabanal, Jimmy Yabo, and Eugene Toquero set to represent the Philippines in ONE's Jakarta event in November

Three homegrown stars aim to hoist the Philippine flag aloft on 17 November, as they represent their country against stern opposition at ONE: WARRIOR’S DREAM in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Angelie Sabanal (1-0) is slated to square off with hometown favorite Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol (4-3) in a three-round atomweight bout, while Jimmy Yabo (5-6) makes his return against Indonesia’s Elipitua Siregar (2-0).

To complete the lineup of Filipino delegates, Eugene Toquero (8-6) is set to duke it out with Japanese sensation Tatsumitsu Wada (19-9-2).

A Philippine National Muay Thai Silver Medalist, Sabanal is coming off a scintillating performance against rising Thai superstar Rika “Tinydoll” Ishige this past March.

The 29-year-old native of Cagayan De Oro, Philippines pulled off a major upset in her ONE Championship debut, greatly relying on her savvy Muay Thai background to rout Ishige via unanimous decision.

Sabanal looks to capture her second-straight victory under the ONE Championship banner as she takes on Lumban Gaol, who has won four of her last five matches in 2018.

Meanwhile, Yabo returns from an 11-month sabbatical, sharing the cage with the hot-streaking Siregar, who is fresh from a first-round stoppage victory over Phat Soda last September.

Nicknamed "The Silencer" due to his quiet demeanor that hides explosive firepower, Yabo has already put on several thrilling performances, including his one-punch knockout of Bashir Ahmad.

Yabo looks to place himself back on the winning track by salvaging a victory at the expense of the Indonesian Wrestling Champion.

On the other hand, a tough test awaits Toquero in his ONE Championship comeback as he battles Wada in a three-round flyweight encounter.

Toquero has a knack for executing highlight-reel stoppages and is highly unpredictable, operating at a pace opponents find difficult to keep up with.

The Filipino stalwart looks to get back to his winning ways, and he will get the opportunity to do so when he meets Wada in Jakarta.

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