ONE: Filipino Roel Rosauro feels like a World Champion after first win

ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 16, 2020 04:04 PM
ONE: Roel Rosauro feels like a World Champ after first win
“I’m really, really happy. I feel like I’ve won the belt even though it’s only a medal,” - Roel Rosauro (Photo: ONE Championship)

Filipino striker Roel “Akiyama” Rosauro is on cloud nine after getting his first victory in The Home of Martial Arts.

The Yaw-Yan Ardigma Cebu representative used every facet of his striking to emerge victorious over Yohan "The Ice Man" Mulia Legowo at ONE: A NEW TOMORROW this past Friday, 10 January, at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.

He went home with a winner’s medal for the first time in his ONE Championship career, but he feels like a World-Title winner already. 

“I’m really, really happy. I feel like I’ve won the belt even though it’s only a medal,” Rosauro said after the bout. 

“Now I plan to train harder and if there’s a chance to compete again, I’ll jump on it.”

Rosauro opened the bout guns blazing as he launched a wide array of strikes that targeted Legowo’s head and body. "The Ice Man" was persistent and pressed forward the whole time, but it was the Cebuano who got the better of the exchanges.

He dominated for fifteen minutes and managed to stuff the Indonesian’s takedown attempts. After the final bell, all three judges saw the contest in favor of Rosauro.

“He did not do anything [that] surprised me. I really studied his game,” Rosauro said. 

It was a win like no other for Rosauro after he started with consecutive losses in the world's largest martial arts organization. After all, he had to muster every ounce of his warrior spirit to live up to his believers' expectations.

“That was big. What brought me to victory was the belief of my countrymen, my family, my manager, and my master.”

Rosauro realizes he has a long way to go before he gets a sniff of his dream of vying for a ONE World Title. For now, he gives himself a pat on the back for making the Philippines proud, though he believes there is still a lot to work on. 

“I’ll give my performance a grade of nine or eight out of ten,” Rosauro said.

“I still have a lot to work on, particularly my cardio.”

Meanwhile, ONE Championship returns to Rosauro’s home country for ONE: FIRE & FURY on 31 January at the Mall Of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines. 

Six of the Philippines’ local heroes will battle foes from all over the world in ONE’s first offering in the country. 

 

Catch ONE: FIRE & FURY on Friday, January 31st LIVE at 8:30 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23! 

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