‘Shadow Cat’ can’t wait to unleash claws on Torres

PETALING JAYA: Malaysian Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter Jihin Radzuan (pic) has plenty of new tricks up her sleeve.

And she will unleash them against the Philippines’ Jomary Torres at the ONE: Masters of Destiny event at the Axiata Arena in Bukit Jalil tomorrow.

The 21-year-old, who suffered her first atomweight defeat to Torres’ compatriot, Gina Iniong, in Bangkok on Feb 16, is aiming to bounce back in front of her home fans.

Jihin or the “Shadow Cat” holds a 4-1 record while the seasoned Torres has a 4-3 record.

“I always enter the octagon feeling confident of winning. You can’t have doubts in a fight,” said Jihin, who made her ONE Championship debut last year.

“My fight this time will be different from my previous. I always use different styles or approaches. As a fighter, it’s good to have variations.”

Jihin said her biggest challenge for the fight is to keep her weight at 52.2kg.

“Controlling my diet is hard especially the last week before a fight. You really need to be disciplined,” she said.

The fight night in Kuala Lumpur is expected to be an explosive affair with three other Malaysians in action.

Crowd favourite Ev Ting will take on Japanese Daichi Abe in the lightweight while in the Muay Thai contest, Saiful Merican will face compatriot Mohammed Mahmoud.

The main card will see Italy’s Giorgio Petrosyan taking on Thailand’s Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy in the Super Series featherweight kickboxing World Grand Prix quarter-final bout.

In the co-main event, atomweight world champion Angela Lee of Singapore will take on grappling superstar Michelle Nicolini of Brazil in a strawweight bout.

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