Filipina mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Jujeath Nagaowa, who will be making her ONE Fighting Championship debut on May 2 in ONE FC Rise of Heroes at the Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena, guarantees she is more “inspired” to fight now that she has broken off with her boxer boyfriend.
In an interview, Nagaowa said: “I’m inspired 10 times now that he’s no longer around.”
Her having a boyfriend was an issue during her training last year when she was supposed to fight Malaysian muay thai contender Siti Syahida Binte Adek, a bout which was scrapped at the last minute.
Her relationship was reportedly interfering in her training.
Nagaowa will be battling Indian kickboxing champion Jeet Toshi on May 2. She is aware of the importance of the fight, as she is the first female MMA fighter from the Philippines seeking her rightful place in the male-dominated sport.
To prepare herself, she has joined a new gym, the Makati-based Team Insider. Her training regimen includes jogging in the morning and 2 to 3-hour skills drill in the afternoon seven days a week.
She said despite the cancelled bout last December, she maintained her conditioning. As a matter of fact, she was hired as a boxing sparring partner in Japan in February this year.
Prior to joining the ONE FC, the Benguet lass used to be the World Boxing Council Asia atomweight champion. Nagaowa has been a boxer for seven years.
Toshi, on the other hand, is a seven-time kickboxing champion from India, where she is considered the pioneer for female MMA