Sunday, December 10, 2017

April Osenio Of Team Lakay Loses Via TKO In Bangkok, Thailand

April Osenio's return to the One Championship ring after more than a year of inactivity proved disastrous when she succumbed to strikes courtesy of China's Xiong Jing Nan on Saturday night (December 9). The two squared off at a catch-weight bout in the undercard of One Championship: Warriors of the World at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand. Jing Nan snatched victory via technical knockout in the very first round.

Looking to rebound after her loss to Jenny Huang last year, Osenio opened the first round with aggression. Not to be outdone, Jing Nan answered with aggression. The story of the fight quickly turned to Jing Nan's favor when she took Osenio to the mat. She worked on her ground and pound then attempted a submission. Osenio was able to reverse the position but she decided to stand up and allow the fight to continue on their feet. The move proved ill-conceived as Jing Nan upped her game and doubled her pressure. With Osenio backed up against the cage, Jing Nan started teeing off on her. Osenio crumpled and the referee quickly stepped in to stop the contest.

Experience and ring generalship won the fight for Jing Nan. With the victory, Jing Nan improves her record to ten wins and just one loss. Osenio drops to two wins and three losses. With the dearth of fighters in One Championship's atomweight female division, Jing Nan will likely get the shot against the champion Angela Lee.

Xiong Jing Nan (right) celebrates after her TKO victory over April Osenio at One Championship: Warriors of the World. Photo: One Championship.
The main event for One Championship: Warriors of the World was a championship affair between Yoshitaka Naito and Alex Silva for the organization's strawweight strap. Japan's Naito, the defending champion, is as tough as they come but Brazil's Silva had answers to everything he did. The fight went the full distance and the judges rightfully gave the Brazilian challenger the unanimous decision victory.