Ang Pinoy sensation na si Joshua “The Passion” Pacio ay may nakaplanong depensahan ang kanyang ONE Strawweight World Title laban kay Hayato Suzuki ng Japan sa ONE: ETERNAL GLORY sa Enero 19
Ngunit, na-injure si Suzuki kaya’t napilitang hindi na ituloy ang laban.
“I was told that Suzuki was injured. I was surprised, but was so glad that he was okay,” sabi ni Pacio. “Then, I tried to keep concentrating on my training because I believe that ONE was looking for another opponent.”.
Ilang araw lang ang nakalipas ay nakahanap na agad ng bagong makakalaban ni Pacio. Makakaharap niya sa ONE: ETERNAL GLORY si Yosuke Saruta ng Japan
“I was glad that Yosuke answered ‘yes’ to the title match on the Jakarta card with me,” sabi niya. “I always look for a moment to test my skills, especially on the ground. This is the perfect moment.”
Naging isang malakas na kandidato si Saruta matapos niyang matalo ang dating ONE Strawweight World Champion na si Alex “Little Rock” Silva sa ONE: DESTINY OF CHAMPIONS noong Disyembre 7.
“Yosuke has really good grappling, and he is strong and physical. I am better with my striking and improved more in my ground game skills,” pahayag ni Pacio.
“He competed against a former world champion recently, was controlling his opponent well, and was really aggressive. He looked like he won without taking much damage.”
While Pacio had hoped to face Suzuki to avenge his loss at ONE: ETERNAL GLORY, those plans have to wait again.
Umasa si Pacio na makaharap si Suzuki upang makabawi sa pagkatalo niya dito sa ONE: ETERNAL GLORY pero mukhang matatagalan pa ito.
“Regardless of my opponent, I will do my best to defend my title successfully.”