With ONE title defense coming up, Joshua Pacio not taking a holiday breather

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Photo from ONEWhile everyone else is out celebrating the holidays, you can find Joshua Pacio grinding it out in the gym.With his first defense of the ONE Strawweight World strap coming up, the Team Lakay phenom is leaving no stones unturned including skipping the revelry to prepare for his bout against Yosuke Saruta in the main event of ONE: Eternal Glory on January 19.ADVERTISEMENT Doctors confirm Lakers James has groin injury Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title With barely a month to go before the all-important bout, Pacio said he’s exactly where he wants to be in training.“The training is going fine. Now it’s all about peaking at the right time in training,” he shared. “Regardless of my opponent, I will do my best to defend my title successfully.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia View comments Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumcenter_img Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom LATEST STORIES MOST READ After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk “It’s the sacrifice that I have to do because it’s my first title defense,” said the 22-year-old Baguio native. “On Christmas Eve, I spent it with my family, but the day after, I was back in training.”Pacio was originally scheduled to duke it out with Hayato Suzuki at ONE: Eternal Glory but the Japanese fighter suffered an injury forcing him to withdraw, paving way another Japanese competitor to step in.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe change in opponent, though, has not derailed Pacio’s preparations.“As a martial artist, you need to adapt. It has already happened to me in the past, and I was able to adapt through it,” he said. “The game plan will be changed, but that’s okay. It’s better now because there are still weeks to prepare.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

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