ONE “Eternal Glory”: Joshua Pacio & Yosuke Saruta Comment on Saturday’s Title Fight
By FCF Staff
ONE Championship’s “Eternal Glory” card will take place in Jakarta, Indonesia on Saturday, and it will feature strawweight champ Joshua Pacio taking on Yosuke Saruta in the main event.
Both fighters attended an open workout to promote the upcoming bout, and here’s some of what they had to say about the pivotal fight.
The champion Pacio stated:
“I feel I am at my best right now. After a tremendous training camp, I’m ready to step up to the plate and defend my title. This World Title means everything to me. It represents all the hard work that me and my team have put in. Now it’s time to reap the fruits of our labor. Coach Mark [Sangiao] has come up with a great game plan for me and I will do my best to execute it. Yosuke [Saruta] is a very dangerous opponent and I am not taking him lightly. I have prepared for the toughest challenge of my career, and I plan to showcase the best version of Joshua Pacio in the fight.”
And the challenger Saruta relayed:
“First of all, I would like to thank ONE Championship for the opportunity to challenge for the ONE Strawweight World Championship. It is certainly an honor. When I made my debut a few months ago, I wanted to make a statement. I wanted to prove to the world that I am ready for a title shot immediately. That is what I have done and now we are here. I am confident that at the end of the night, I will leave the arena with my hands raised in victory and with the World Title around my waist. Joshua Pacio is a great champion, but I feel I have the tools necessary to defeat him. It’s going to be an interesting matchup. I vow to give my best performance.”
Pacio (13-2) is coming off a decision win over Yoshitaka Naito in September, while Saruta (18-8-3) defeated Alex Silva by decision in his last outing, which took place in December.