Jerry Olsim Looks To Start Team Lakay’s Tokyo Run On A High Note

Eight days before Team Lakay takes on their big assignments at ONE: CENTURY in Tokyo, the gym’s young gun Jerry “Bokodian Warrior” Olsim is on a mission to give his team a winning momentum when he steps inside the ONE Circle for his next assignment.

The 24-year-old Bokod, Benguet native is scheduled to face Ryoji Kudo of Japan in the co-main event of Rich Franklin’s 8th edition of ONE Warrior Series in Tokyo later this afternoon.

This will be Olsim’s fifth appearance in the ONE Championship’s developmental league. But this time he looks to give more positive energy on the La Trinidad squad as four of his teammates are set to face the biggest challenges of their martial arts career.

Danny “The King” Kingad will go toe-to-toe against Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson in the finals of the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix in ONE: CENTURY PART I, morning of 13 October at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan. 

OWS 7 Winner Lito “Thunder Kid” Adiwang  is also on the morning show as he battles Senzo Ikeda.

In the nightcap at  ONE: CENTURY PART II Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon will face reigning ONE Bantamweight World Champion  Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes for the fourth time, while Honorio “The Rock” Banario is set to lock horns against Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki.

Now, Olsim is eager to hit two birds with one stone when he takes on Kudo, as an impressive win will could lead him the lucrative contract to compete in ONE Championship’s main roster.

“This is such a huge match for me because a lot is at stake. I know that an impressive performance here would get me in the main roster and at the same time, I want to give the team a win before their big matches,” Olsim said. 

“To be honest, there’s pressure but my eagerness to win mitigates that. This is the reason why I’m working really hard for this, I know a lot of people are counting on me and I am up to the challenge. 

As much as he wants to keep emotions at bay, Olsim admits that it is not going to be an easy night later. But the undefeated Filipino rising star believes that a decisive win is very doable, especially that he is giving everything in training together with his four teammates who will also be in action in Tokyo eight days after.

“I’m more motivated now. I’ve been waiting for this for a long time,” Olsim said. 

“I want to win, not just for me and my dreams but for my family and my team who has always supported me in everything. 

With couple hours to go before his third appearance this year, Olsim is all set and ready to collect his fifth-straight ONE Warrior Series win and hopefully the golden ticket to be part of the stacked ONE Championship roster.

“I’m really preparing for this match. I want to continue on what I started and show the things that I’ve learned in my OWS journey,” Olsim stated. 

“This is the biggest match of my career. I’ll do everything to win not just to get the contract but to give my teammates a good send-off.”

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Author: Robert Belen

Robert Belen is a long-time combat sports writer for dSource Boxing. An avid sports fan, he knows no fear nor partiality in his reporting. If you have a problem with him, tell it to his face. (We bid you not.) You can follow him on Twitter @robertbelen

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