Gina Iniong Excited To Bring Her Talents to The SEA Games Stage

Nine months removed from her last assignment in ONE Championship, Filipina atomweight star Gina “Conviction” Iniong turns her focus in representing the country.

Iniong is part of the eight-man kickboxing team who will represent Team Philippines in the upcoming Southeast Asian games from 30 November to 11 December in Manila.

The 30-year-old Filipina last competed at ONE: CLASH OF LEGENDS where she scored a close unanimous decision victory over Malaysian star Jihin “Shadow Cat” Radzuan last February.

She hopes to continue winning, this time not just for herself or for Team Lakay – but for the entire Philippines as well.

“This is the first time that I’ll represent the country in any international meet, so I am excited and I’m happy for this opportunity,” Iniong said.

“Since my last fight I’ve been training non-stop. I still want to become a World Champion (in MMA) and this prestigious tournament will give me the necessary momentum moving forward.”

Iniong is a six-time Philippine National Wushu Champion and holds a professional mixed martial arts record of 8-4.

She hopes that her experience in both sports would transition well to kickboxing and she is doing everything to make sure that happens.

“I know that this is a new challenge for me, but the opportunity is here and I plan to make good use of it,” Iniong said while adding she would not lack motivation entering this contest.

“I feel really motivated, it’s different here in the SEA Games. I’m driven to work really hard in training and prove to the whole world that I am one of the best.”

With her Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao leading the charge and the hometown advantage to their advantage, Iniong is confident that they can go home with medals.

“Our goal is to get the gold medal. Coach Mark told me not to waste this opportunity, but also enjoy the experience,” Iniong shared.

‘I am really determined to get the gold for the country and for my countrymen. I feel more confident knowing that my family and my friends will be on my corner. I would not let them down.’

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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