BY Dan Paulo Errazo
Jomary “The Zamboanginian Fighter” Torres will be tested like never before on July 12 at ONE: MASTERS OF DESTINY when she faces Malaysia’s own Jihin “Shadow Cat” Radzuan at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur.
Torres, a martial artist with a lot of potentials, relishes the chance of competing on the international stage against tougher foes.
“I feel like I’m being matched with more difficult opponents now,” Torres said.
“I still see myself among the lower ranks, so getting matched up with these top athletes makes me a bit nervous. I understand that with every win, the level of competition gets fiercer, so I’m catching up by training hard every day.”
Torres is looking to end to her losing streak against Radzuan who wants to avenge her first professional career loss to Gina Iniong.
With the help of her coach, Rene Catalan, Torres is keen on learning from her past mistakes and improving her overall skills.
“Our focus right now is to push myself beyond my limits, because my opponent is going to be strong,” Torres said.
“We go through three hard training sessions [every day] to prepare for Jihin and to make my skills more refined and instinctive so that I can improve my focus and ability to adapt to my opponent during the match. I think her striking is superb, and it would be best to avoid that, but I understand that she’s also good on the ground. She also has a size advantage over me, which will be a challenge, so right now, we’re just really focused on honing and adding skills so that I will be ready for her. I spar with partners who are bigger than me.”
Torres is confident heading into the match and remains optimistic of her chances against Radzuan.
“I really don’t look too far ahead, seeing that she’s a well-rounded fighter,” Torres concluded.
“I know in myself that I can beat her, but I’d rather not say how fast or where I want to take the match. I’m just ready to put my heart out in that cage and will do everything in my power to defeat her. I have full trust in God that He will give me the strength to win this match. I am not even thinking of any other outcome, because this is what I live for. I need to keep winning in order to reach our goals.”