June 26, 2022

KEY POINTS

  • Joshua Pacio is worked up in regards to the title eliminator between Jarred Brooks and Bokang Masunyane
  • Pacio weighs in on Brooks and Masunyane’s notable strengths heading into the struggle
  • The champion shares his daring prediction on the struggle

To say that ONE strawweight champion Joshua Pacio is paying shut consideration to the upcoming bout between American standout Jarred Brooks and South Africa’s very personal Bokang Masunyane is an enormous understatement.

Brooks and Masunyane are set to sq. off in opposition to one another in a strawweight world title eliminator on the supporting card previously billed as “ONE: Reloaded,” which is able to happen on the 12,000-capacity Singapore Indoor Stadium on April 22.

“This struggle excites me [because] two explosive athletes will collide. I’m joyful to face whoever wins this struggle,” Pacio mentioned in regards to the match-up in an unique interview with Worldwide Enterprise Occasions sports activities editor and fight sports activities analyst Nissi Icasiano.

Brooks, who wants no introduction to combined martial arts followers worldwide on account of his stints within the UFC, Bellator and Rizin, has been nothing in need of spectacular since making his promotional debut beneath the ONE Championship banner.

“The Monkey God” has gained two-straight fights within the Singapore-based group to occupy the No. 2 seat within the strawweight rankings, submitting Pacio’s teammate Lito Adiwang with an arm-triangle choke within the second spherical of their November 2021 duel after which edging out Japanese spitfire Hiroba Minowa by the use of unanimous resolution this previous January.

However, the No. 1-rated Masunyane has likewise been on a tear since becoming a member of the outfit in 2019, outpointing Ryuto Sawada through unanimous resolution in his maiden project earlier than authoring a 37-second knockout victory over former title contender Rene Catalan in December 2020.

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Nevertheless, the South African spitfire has not seen motion since his highlight-reel win versus Catalan. For Pacio, the practically two-year layoff won’t hinder Masunyane from sporting his greatest foot on April 22.

“A protracted layoff is dependent upon the athlete, and I believe Bokang is hungry for a title shot. I count on Bokang in his greatest situation for this title eliminator,” the 26-year-old champion from Baguio Metropolis, Philippines shared.

South Africa’s Bokang Masunyane prepares for a struggle contained in the ONE Championship cage. Picture: ONE Championship

However throughout Masunyane’s absence, Brooks fought tooth and nail to be seen and overtake fighters within the talent-filled division as other than profitable pivotal matches, he repeatedly referred to as Pacio out in virtually each interview that the Warsaw, Indiana native took a part of.

Most not too long ago, Pacio was as soon as once more on the receiving finish of Brooks’ smack discuss because the American used a Filipino derogatory time period to castigate the Workforce Lakay consultant.

Whereas followers and pundits alike thought that Brooks would get an outright shot on the gold-plated belt following his conquest of Minowa just a few months in the past and the fanfare he created, Pacio begs to disagree and believes that ONE Championship made the proper name in reserving a cage encounter to find out his subsequent challenger.

“He (Brooks) is sweet at speaking. That’s why lots of people thought that he would get an outright title shot. Brooks has two wins and Bokang has two wins as nicely. Brooks desires a shot at my throne, then he must struggle Bokang who’s the No. 1-ranked strawweight in the intervening time,” Pacio defined.

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Jarred Brooks Jarred Brooks celebrates his win over Lito Adiwang final yr at ONE Championship. Picture: ONE Championship

Pacio took time to focus on each fighters’ greatest attributes heading into the highly-anticipated conflict on April 22.

“I believe Bokang is extra athletic than Brooks, however Brooks has the expertise. I believe his expertise shall be his leverage within the struggle,” the champion said.

When requested for his fearless forecast, Pacio expects Brooks and Masunyane to go full three rounds with out totally disclosing who he thinks will come out triumphant.

“This struggle will go to a choice, realizing the caliber of those two warriors and realizing that the winner will get a crack at my gold,” he pressured.

Pacio—who made his final look contained in the Circle when he stopped arch-nemesis Yosuke Saruta within the first spherical of their September 2021 rubber match—expressed his readiness to stake his crown in opposition to both Brooks or Masunyane.

“As a champion, it’s my job to struggle whoever is in entrance of me. Whoever wins—whether or not it’s Brooks or Bokang, I’m prepared,” he declared.

The occasion now entitled ONE: Eersel vs Sadikovic is headlined by Regian Eersel defending his light-weight kickboxing title reverse Arian Sadikovic. In the meantime, Smilla Sundell and Jackie Buntan will go head-to-head for the inaugural girls’s strawweight Muay Thai championship within the co-feature attraction.

Joshua Pacio Filipino MMA fighters Joshua Pacio and Eduard Folayang rejoice contained in the ONE Championship cage. Picture: ONE Championship

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