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de­ci­sion loss.

“I failed to show what we have trained for in those two matches against top con­tenders of the divi­sion. Those are def­i­nitely tough losses to take, but it is a per­fect op­por­tu­nity for me to learn and im­prove,” Iniong said.

Af­ter go­ing back to the draw­ing board to review what went wrong in her out­ings against Ya­m­aguchi and Nunes, Iniong is now ea­ger to get back in ac­tion to prove to all and sundry that she is still one of the top cal­iber com­peti­tors in the deep 52.2-kilo­gram weight class.

“Coach Mark al­ways tells me to not be dis­ap­pointed, but in­stead be more mo­ti­vated to be­come bet­ter. Los­ing is part of the game, which gives me the ur­gency to im­prove,” she stated.

Iniong is very vo­cal of her de­sire to be­come a world cham­pion un­der the pro­mo­tion’s um­brella, but af­ter eval­u­at­ing her pre­vi­ous per­for­mances, she con­ceded to the fact that she is not yet ready to vie for the divi­sion’s in­tri­cately-crafted hard­ware.

“There is a lot of work to do. Yes, it’s my dream to have a world ti­tle be strapped around my waist. It takes time and pa­tience to get to that mo­ment. I am will­ing to work for it,” she shared.

The six-time Philip­pine Na­tional Wushu Cham­pion also be­lieves that she needs to work her way to the top and face the best of ONE Cham­pi­onship’s fe­male atom­weight bracket if she would like to earn a ti­tle shot in the fu­ture.

“We are work­ing on dif­fer­ent things at the gym. There are things that need to be im­proved and skills that have to be sharp­ened. I’m will­ing to start from the bot­tom and climb my way to the top of the rank­ings,” Iniong dis­closed. “I’m will­ing to fight any­one that they will put in front of me.”

With ONE: Con­quest of Cham­pi­ons in Manila on Novem­ber 23 now start­ing to fill its slots, Iniong is hop­ing to be part of the mas­sive card, which is head­lined by a light­weight cham­pi­onship clash be­tween Team Lakay com­rade Ed­uard Fo­layang and Sin­ga­porean sen­sa­tion Amir Khan.

“That is the per­fect event for me to show how hun­gry I am to get back on the win­ning track, to show­case the im­prove­ments in my game, and to let the rest of the divi­sion know that they can’t count me out yet,” she ex­pressed.

With the re­cent cham­pi­onship con­quests of her team­mates such as Geje Eus­taquio, Joshua Pa­cio and Kevin Belin­gon, it in­spires Iniong to per­form at the best of her abil­i­ties to achieve more in the sport.

“Wit­ness­ing my team­mates suc­ceed mo­ti­vates me to come back even bet­ter and prove ev­ery­one that I de­serve my spot here at ONE Cham­pi­onship. They will be see­ing a dif­fer­ent Gina Iniong in my next fight,” Iniong guar­an­teed.PR

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