Benguet lady fighter seeks historic One FC win

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014


JUJEATH Nagaowa may have conquered the boxing world after winning several Asian titles but the former boxer is chasing history when she enters the One Fighting Championship cage together with Filipino boxing champion Ana Julaton.

Nagaowa, who used to train at the Highland Boxing Gym of La Trinidad, Benguet, will try to carve her name in Asia’s largest mix martial arts scene when she squares off against Indian kickboxing champion Jeet Toshi at the MOA Arena in Pasay City on May 2.

Nagaowa began her professional boxing career in college, when she competed to raise money for her school fees. Growing up, her parents split up and Jujeath and her sister had difficulty making ends meet. Her sister has since relocated to a Roman Catholic country and is now a Jehovah Witness.

Nagaowa will now make the transition from professional boxing, having conquered the Asian boxing circuit.

She has already reached the pinnacle of combat sports once, knocking out Aisha Alico in 2011 to become WBC Asia Atomweight champion. The 26-year-old has competed in 26 professional boxing bouts, winning eight by knockout.

As a debutante in mixed martial arts, she will now compete alongside contemporaries Eduard Folayang and Eugene Toquero who have put the Philippines on the map of the sport.

The Benguet native has been been training intensively on her grappling skills in recent months to bring it up to par with her world-class boxing skills. Her boyfriend and trainer, Edwin Tumbaga, is also a former boxer and has been overseeing her development.

Women mixed martial arts have been brought to the forefront in recent months, with Malaysia’s Ann Osman and Singapore’s Sherilyn Lim blowing the roof off the Singapore Indoor Stadium when they battled each other in a combustible bout last October to culminate months of intense following behind both women.

Also making her debut inside the cage is boxing world champion Julaton squaring off against Egyptian kickboxing champion Aya Saeid Saber in the final fight card of the event dubbed "Rise of Heroes."

“ONE FC is returning to the Philippines with a night of exciting mixed martial arts action! Filipino fight fans have been clamoring to see Ana Julaton in action for years and their wait is finally over as Julaton will make her mixed martial arts debut opposite kickboxing champion Aya Saeid Saber. This explosive bout completes the lineup,” said One FC CEO Victor Cui.

Fans in the Philippines can catch all the action live on FOX Sports Philippines while the rest of Asia can watch it on STAR Sports. Also, fans from around the world can witness the action online via live streaming at www.onefc.livesport.tv. The event will be available for purchase at just US$9.99.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on April 16, 2014.

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