SEA trials winner Red Romero vows best performance in ROAD FC tourney

Red Romero

After winning the ROAD FC Southeast Asian trials a few weeks ago, Red Romero is excited for the challenges that lay ahead.

A few weeks ago, the former URCC featherweight champ moved up a weight class and fought twice in one night. He defeated Patrick Manicad and Rahul Raju to become the lone representative from Southeast Asia in the upcoming ROAD FC tournament.

“Masaya ako kasi ako yung napili na mag-represent ng ating bansa at kauna-unahan sa Southeast Asia,” Romero tells Dojo Drifter in a phone interview. “Hindi ko naman siya in-expect kasi yung time na lumaban ako, yung mga kalaban ko, siyempre hindi din natin masabing madali kaya nung matapos yung laban, laking tuwa ko at excited.”

The fighter from DEFTAC admitted that his preparation for the qualifiers didn’t go smoothly. Instead, he focused on his strengths in order to get through fight night.

But for the upcoming 16-man tournament that will start in the middle of the year, Romero knows that a typical fight camp won’t be enough if he wants to advance further. He knows that it’ll be an uphill climb as he’s set to face some of the region’s top 155-pounders, which includes former UFC vets and regional champions. Despite the odds, “The Filipino Bolo Punch” vows to give it his all while savoring the experience.

“First time ko na lumaro sa ganitong division, siguro nga ako yung maliit pero lahat gagawin ko,” he said, “Doble effort sa ensayo at sisikapin kong manalo. Di natin masabi, pero ibibigay natin lahat ng best ko.”

For the meantime, Romero sets his URCC title aspirations aside for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become tournament champion. And after his run in the ROAD FC tournament, he plans on facing former tormentor Do Gyeom Lee to reclaim the title he once lost.

“Sa ngayon, ok lang naman sakin na walang belt. Bali siguro ibibigay ko muna yung time at focus ko sa (ROAD FC) tournament. Pero pag binigyan ako ng pagkakataon bumaba ulit sa featherweight, paghahandaan ko yun.”

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