After successful end to 2019, Team Lakay looks forward to the new year

ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 16, 2019 10:57 AM
After successful end to 2019, Team Lakay looks ahead to 2020
ā€œIā€™m happy to raise the flag of the Philippines and Team Lakay, and this proves that we can hang in kickboxing as well,ā€ - Gina Iniong (Photo: ONE Championship)

Right before ONE Championship announced the blockbuster ONE: FIRE & FURY card for Manila on 31 January, Team Lakay was already building momentum for the year ahead. 

They ended 2019 by winning three gold medals in kickboxing in the recently concluded Southeast Asian Games. ONE women’s atomweight star Gina “Conviction” Iniong, ONE Warrior Series’ Jerry “The Bokodian Warrior” Olsim, and Jean Claude Saclag all took home the first place prizes for the Philippines.

With five athletes from the famed stable from Baguio City competing in that event, head coach Mark Sangiao is already preparing for what is to come. 

“We’ve won here in the SEA Games, but now we have to re-focus, evaluate, train, and put in the hard work because we’re back early next year,” Sangiao said. 

“We ended it well. Joshua won and then we got three golds, and I hope that this continues to 2020.”

Iniong, who ruled the U55 kilogram women’s division, is raring to bring her winning momentum to the Mall Of Asia Arena where she targets her second straight win at the expense of Asha “Knockout Queen” Roka.

“I’m happy to raise the flag of the Philippines and Team Lakay, and this proves that we can hang in kickboxing as well,” Iniong said. 

“Now my focus is on January 31 at the Mall Of Asia Arena. I hope I get to sustain my winning ways and confidence that night.”  

Iniong is also confident that her head coach in Sangiao will once again draw the perfect game plan for her moving forward. 

“I trust coach Mark to know what’s best for me, it’s always been that way from kickboxing to mixed martial arts.” 

Sangiao’s Team Lakay has come a long way. They earned four World Championships in The Home Of Martial Arts before snagging gold medals at the SEA Games. 

But as the soft-spoken mentor always says, their success is based on their comradery.

“I’m just working with the right people. The people that I am teaching are very disciplined and determined so it doesn’t give me problems,” Sangiao said. 

“We’re always positive. We always want to do our part every time, and the result is a proof that we’re doing the right things.”

The Home Of Martial Arts returns to action on 10 January for ONE: A NEW TOMORROW at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand. 

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