If winning is addictive, then consider Roel “Akiyama” Rosauro hooked.
Rosauro ended a two-year losing streak with a unanimous decision victory over Yohan “The Iceman” Mulia Legowo at ONE: A New Tomorrow this past Friday, January 10, at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.
With a win in hand, the 31-year-old wants to get back to competing as soon as possible.
“I want to maximize the momentum I have right now. I hope ONE gives me another fight soon,” Rosauro said.
“I’ll take on whoever they want me to face. I will do everything to get a fitting follow-up with the win I got in Bangkok.”
Rosauro felt so overjoyed with the win, he already feels like a World Champion, even after just one victory.
“I’m really, really happy. I feel like I’ve won the belt even though it’s only a medal,” Rosauro said.
With the way he performed, who can blame him?
The Yaw-Yan Ardigma Cebu representative looked crisp on the feet with his striking. He was comfortable defending the takedowns of Legowo, who is known as one of the more dangerous grapplers in Indonesia.
Rosauro scouted his opponent before the match and his readiness showed in their contest.
“He did not do anything [that] surprised me. I really studied his game.”
With his confidence at an all-time high, “Akiyama” promises this is only the beginning of his rise in the featherweight division.
“I am really thankful for the wonderful start for the year. I know this will only open more opportunities for me as an athlete. I’m excited for what’s next,” Rosauro said.
“I’ll double my work rate during training. This is a clean slate for me, so expect me to be better every day.”
Meanwhile, ONE Championship returns to Rosauro’s home country for ONE: FIRE & FURY on January 31 at the Mall Of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.
Six of the Philippines’ local heroes will battle different foes from all over the world in ONE’s first offering in the country.
Download the ONE Super App to catch all the action for free.
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