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    Pro MMA fighter Gina Iniong bags SEA Games kickboxing gold

    Dec 10, 2019
    PHOTO: Freddie Dionisio

    GINA Iniong was untouchable in the gold medal round of the women's U55kg division in kickboxing in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games on Tuesday at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.

    Iniong was just on a different level as she outpointed Thailand's Apicha Minkhwan, getting 3-0 scores from all the judges.

    "Napakagandang feeling kasi unang unang beses ko magcompete sa SEA Games and sa kickboxing at nagbunga naman yung hirap at pagod namin sa training at nagbunga naman po," Iniong said.

    The 30-year-old was just too quick for Minkhwan, with her low kicks and lightning fast hands giving problems to the visitor resulting to two knockdowns in the first round.

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      There was not much the Thai can do as the Tean Lakay star never let up, resulting to the breezy win.

      "Ang adjustment talaga namin ay sa speed kasi nga amateur nga to so speed will be the key, ayun nagfocus ako doon at nagtraining din ng striking siyempre."

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      Iniong, one of the top stars in the One Championship atomweight division, became the second gold medalist in the sport after fellow Benguet native and Team Lakay stablemate Jerry Olsim bagged gold in the U69kg division on Monday.

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