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Jomary Torres: The Zamboanginian Fighter making her mark in ONE Championship

LockerRoom Team
07 April 2021

Jomary Torres hails from Sindangan, in the Zamboanga del Norte province of the Philippines. She took the nickname “The Zamboanginian Fighter” as a gesture to her hometown. Torres was born to a family of farmers. Both her parents got separated when she was an infant. Her grandmother along with the help from her aunts raised Torres and her brother.

The Tough Childhood that she had

Torres had a tough time in school. She was regularly bullied by some of her classmates due to her family circumstances. Even though she was a quiet girl she never backed down and even punched one of her classmates which got her a trip to the principals’ office.

During her school days, Torres used to play Basketball. She wished to make a career out of her hobby but unfortunately couldn’t do so as her circumstances didn’t allow her to pursue that hobby. Torres stopped going to school and decided to find a job to help out her grandmother as she didn’t want to make her grandmother work more just to get her through college.

After stopping school Torres worked as a nanny. It was during this time that she met Ruel Catalan, a regular at the gym which was near the school where the kid she took care of was studying. It was in 2015 that Ruel Catalan introduced Torres to his brother Rene Catalan who was a multiple-time Wushu World Champion and head coach of Catalan Fighting Systems. Rene invited Torres to come and train at Catalan Fighting Systems. This invitation motivated Torres to stop being a nanny and to start concentrating on training to become a full-time mixed martial artist.

Her run in ONE Championship

To her surprise, she was offered her first match just two months into her training. Torres made her professional debut in August 2016 at a local show in which she got a unanimous decision victory. Torres made her ONE Championship debut against Thai fighter Rika “Tiny Doll” Ishige at ONE: KINGS  & CONQUERORS in August 2017. Ishige dominated the first round but in the second round, Torres was able to drop her opponent with a mean right hook and then seal with victory with a rear-naked choke. Torres’s victory came as a surprise to her and her teammates as Ishige was undefeated before this bout.

Torres followed up this win with wins against Nita Dea at ONE: HERO’S DREAM and then against April Osenio at ONE: GLOBAL SUPERHEROES. Her fight against April Osenio was a quick bout as Torres was able to secure a 40-second knockout victory.

Although Jomary Torres started off her career with a bang, her past few fights didn’t go as she might’ve wanted as she ended up losing her last 5 fights and another one of her fights was declared a No Contest due to an accidental low blow. Her latest fight was against India’s Ritu Phogat. Ritu won the fight via KO/TKO at 4:55 of Round 1.

The Zamboanginian Fighter will be eagerly looking to bounce back when she steps into the ONE Circle for her next fight. Let us know your thoughts on her story in the comment section of the article below. 

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