Filipino featherweight Roel “Akiyama” Rosauro will have a massive source of motivation in his next match as he looks to capture his first victory under the ONE Championship banner.
Rosauro gave a promise to his father about being successful in The Home Of Martial Arts long before he was signed by the organization.
His father passed away before Rosauro was ever given a chance to compete in ONE, and it’s now one thing he’ll be keeping on his mind as he looks for his breakthrough following two losses in the Circle.
“When our father left us back in November, 2017, I won after that. I put all of my emotions to it in my next fight, which was for a different promotion back then. After that I’ll admit, I wasn’t entirely focused because he was gone,” said Rosauro.
“Now I feel like I’m hungry again. I just want to get back in the game and fulfill the promise of taking home a ONE Championship medal for my father.”
A Filipino National Muay Thai Silver Medalist, Rosauro has been interested in the martial arts since he was a child and learned some basic Muay Thai techniques.
He got the chance to train properly when he moved to Cebu City at the age of 20 and joined Yaw-Yan Ardigma Cebu.
As he admits that he was the black sheep of the family before, Rosauro finally realized that martial arts is one way to make his family proud, especially his father.
“Back then, I’ll be honest, I was notorious for giving my parents headaches. Now I just want them to be proud of me through martial arts,” shared Rosauro.
“I realized that I have to be even more determined now. Now that my father is gone, I still need to fulfill my dreams for him. I have to be hungry and I have to show it in my next matches,” he added.
Rosauro also admits that his previous setbacks under the ONE circle taught him a lot with the things he needs to improve as a martial artist. He also revealed that being out of competition and focus on training for almost a year has definitely improved his overall game.
“I want to get my confidence back in the game. I studied jiu-jitsu, I added a weight program for my strength and conditioning, I am ready.”
Now as he patiently waits for a call from the ONE Championship team for his next bout, Rosauro is all set to fulfill his promise to his father.
“I will win my next fights and I will continue where I started. I want my family to be proud of me, especially my father. I want to bring a ONE Championship medal home for him,” said Rosauro.
“I’ll certainly give my all to nail that first win.”