Lo Shen Pho February 16, 2018
Hard training paid off for Fist Gym MMA fighters Jovan Espinosa and Sheraz Qureshi as both pulled off a dominating win at Battle Royale 7 held in UP Los Baños, Laguna on February 16, 2018. The event was organized by U.P Beta Sigma Fraternity Los Baños.
Espinosa had a tough opponent at their 115-lb match but managed to convince all three judges win a unanimous decision victory against Alejo Corpuz of Yawyan. Round 1 had Corpuz for striking superiority and for good takedown defense against Espinosa. Round 2 saw Espinosa adjusting his combinations and was landing with pinpoint accuracy. It was Espinosa’s takedown and ground-and-pound that spelled the difference.
Sheraz Qureshi’s 135-lb bout had a different story. The overhand right of his opponent, John Almazan of BOSS MMA, was on the spot as it kept landing and kept the long-limbed Qureshi at bay during the Round ONE MMA. At the start of the 2nd round, Qureshi was able to find his timing and started landing one-two combinations. At this point, Almazan’s overhand right hand was rendered ineffective after Qureshi was able to slip past the right angle. A clean takedown by Qureshi brought him on a dominating top position where he finished his opponent with a TKO win via referee stoppage.
Qureshi sustained a fractured right hand after the fight. “This is part of the sport and I’m prepared for anything. Thanks to my coaches and training partners who put in the sweat during the training camp. Fist Gym is the best MMA gym in Manila!”, said Qureshi.