ONE: Sangiao assured rust not a difficulty for Joshua Pacio



Team Lakay's ONE strawweight champion Joshua Pacio.

Workforce Lakay’s ONE strawweight champion Joshua Pacio. ONE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Workforce Lakay coach Mark Sangiao isn’t frightened about rust in relation to ONE strawweight champion Joshua Pacio for his title protection in opposition to Yosuke Saruta in ONE: Revolution.

Pacio is combating for the primary time since January 2020, when he retained his title in opposition to Alex Silva by way of cut up resolution, as he faces No.1 contender Saruta on September 24 of their trilogy capper.

Regardless of Pacio’s absence for greater than a 12 months, Sangiao stated he’s assured that Pacio received’t have any issues come as his sparring mates are former champions Geje Eustaquio and Kevin Belingon, who as soon as held the flyweight and bantamweight titles, respectively.

“As a coach, I don’t see any ring rust growing as a result of he has his teammates with him,” stated Pacio. “He has his brothers, former champions in Geje and Kevin, as his sparring companions within the health club.”

Sangiao added that Pacio’s work ethic alone is a testomony to the mentality of the 23-year-old champion.

Pacio, who even contracted COVID-19, has educated continuous for his combat in opposition to Saruta and he even stayed on the Workforce Lakay health club to make it possible for there received’t be any interruptions to his routine.

“Joshua has an incredible perspective, he’s probably the most arduous working athletes I’ve ever seen, there was even a time final 12 months that he stayed on the health club in order that he can prepare constantly,” stated Sangiao.

“He’s bettering each coaching session and I do know that he’ll have a greater efficiency in comparison with his earlier combat.”


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