Heading to her second appearance inside the ONE Championship stage this year, Catalan Fighting System founder and head coach Rene “The Challenger” Catalan is confident that Jomary “The Zamboanginian Fighter” Torres will be in her best form when she showed up in her next outing.
Torres is slated to duke it out with Malaysian up-and-rising star Jihin “Shadow Cat” Radzuan in a three-round atomweight affair at ONE: MASTERS OF DESTINY which takes place at the Axiata Arena in Kuala, Lumpur, Malaysia on 12 July.
Coming from a tough setback in Yangon last March, Catalan was impressed with how Torres adjusted and preparing herself for her showdown with Radzuan both physically and mentally, even to the point where he described her young warrior as “relentless” with the way she works.
“She really wants to be successful in this sport, and I can see that she has improved her game even if the results doesn’t really favor her lately,” said Catalan.
“For her, she learns everytime she competes. Though she wasn’t lucky enough to get the win, getting experiences is just as valuable.”
The 40-year-old Filipino star also commends his star pupil for always listening and following all the instructions that he has given to her, which will definitely help the Filipina standout as she goes on with her young career.
“The nice thing about Jomary is that she’s open to our feedbacks and you’ll see that she’s eager to apply everything that we teach. Last April, we trained for one month in Indonesia and I can say that it’s a very good development for her career,” said the streaking ONE Strawweight Contender.
“After Indonesia, she quickly went back to training here and that’s why I expect a different Jomary in Malaysia.”
But despite the overwhelming positive things Catalan is witnessing at the moment with Torres, the ONE Strawweight contender believes that Torres needs to show more than her A-game against Radzuan especially that she will be facing the Malaysian star in her hometown.
“I told her all the things that we need to do to win. Regardless of the hometown advantage, if we’re focused and we’re able to show everything we’ve trained for, we can get that win,” said Catalan.
“It’s her determination, alongside her talent, that will give her the victory,” he added.
With less than a month to go before her much-awaited clash against Radzuan, Catalan is confident that Torres will finally break her losing spell in Malaysia.
“She just needs to execute our gameplan and I’m confident that we’ll go home to the Philippines with a win.”