More confident Jomary Torres hopes to finally end slump at ONE: FIRE & FURY
Santino Honasan on Jan 29, 2020 05:19 PM
"Importante to, this Friday kasi dito ngayon sa Manila iho-hold yung event, kasi andyan lahat ng mga Pinoy na nag-susuporta, kaya push natin ito this coming Friday, kukunin natin yung panalo. - Jomary Torres (Photo: Richard Esguerra)
Filipina mixed martial artist Jomary Torres has never been one to relish the attention that comes with a professional athlete.
Soft-spoken is an understatement when it comes to describing the 23-year old, who appears to fear media availability more than actually getting inside the ring or Circle and fighting.
Speaking to reporters during Tuesday's ONE: FIRE & FURY Open Workouts however, "The Zamboanginian Fighter" appeared to be significantly more comfortable in front of mics and recording devices.
Torres, who's currently on a four-fight losing skid, returns to action at ONE: FIRE & FURY on Friday, January 31st, against a former world title contender in Chinese-Taipei's Jenny "Lady GoGo" Huang.
Hopefully, that little boost of confidence outside the Circle can finally translate to a win inside.
"Ang sa akin is, ibibigay ko yung lakas ko para matalo ko siya, para makuha ko yung goal ko," Torres stated. "Lahat po, pinag-focus namin lahat ng skills para ma-improve. Ngayon, gagawin ko lahat na para makuha yung panalo this coming 31, this Friday."
Torres broke onto the international scene back in 2017 when she shocked the world and choked out fan-favorite Rika Ishige in Macau. That stunning win was the first of three straight victories that would put Torres in the discussion for possible challengers to the ONE Women's Atomweight World Championship.
Her hype train would be derailed in 2018 however, when she absorbed back-to-back decision losses to Indonesian veteran Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol and perennial top contender Mei Yamaguchi of Japan.
Things went from bad to worse for the Catalan Fighting System product, as she took back-to-back submission losses in 2019 to China's Lin Heqin and Malaysia's Jihin Radzuan.
With a new year comes a fresh start for the once promising Filipina, and against Huang, she faces someone who's also on a long losing skid.
Huang, much like Torres, was on fire to begin her ONE Championship career, winning her first four assignments, capped off by a spectacular Gogoplata submission win over Team Lakay's April Osenio, who happens to be a common opponent. That win earned her the "Lady GoGo" moniker that she uses today. Again, much like Torres, Huang's last win before going on a slump was against the Team Lakay strawweight.
For Torres, the Huang-Osenio encounter serves as a reviewer of sorts, especially since her last two losses have come via submission.
"Palagi kong pinapanood yung fight nila, kaya medyo iwas ako sa mga gagawin niya, kung ano man yung gagawin niya."
Getting back into the winner's circle for the first time since 2018 will obviously entail some sacrifices, and for Torres, that came in the form skipping a trip back home to Zamboanga for the holidays in order to be able to fully focus on training.
"Hindi po ako umuwi, as in focused muna ako sa training, kasi mahirap yung uuwi ka sa probinsya na wala training, kaya hindi ako umuwi sa amin," Torres revealed.
Also for the first time since 2018, Torres will get to compete on home soil, which should add another bit of much-needed motivation. As part of the bout, she hopes to be able to set the tone for the rest of the Pinoys on the card that evening.
"Importante to, this Friday kasi dito ngayon sa Manila iho-hold yung event, kasi andyan lahat ng mga Pinoy na nag-susuporta, kaya push natin ito this coming Friday, kukunin natin yung panalo."
Catch ONE: FIRE & FURY on Friday, January 31st at 8:30 PM, LIVE on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23!