By Gab Ferreras, contributing writer | Photo by SanMan Promotions
All eyes are at Jayson "Smasher" Mama as he is on the mission to clinch the IBF world flyweight title, currently held by Sunny "Showtime" Edwards in their 12-round encounter set on September 11 at the Copper Box Arena of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, England.
During his appearance in the weekly TOPS Usapang Sports on Air, organized by the Tabloid Organization in Philippine Sports and aired on Sports on Air's social media accounts, the GenSan-born Mama, despite being an underdog in the fight, is 100% ready and remains to be confident on his preparations against Edwards, who both have unbeaten records in their pro boxing careers. He also reviewed Edward's playing styles and added sparring partners that matches Edward's form to come up with a perfect game plan come fight day.
"Gagawin ko po ng best ko po upang maiuwi ko po para sa Pilipinas ang titulo. Inaral lang namin lahat ng mga istilo ni Edwards kaya yung pagtitraining namin, kumuha po kami ng mga sparring partners para makuha ko po yung laro niya. Sa advantage, may advantage po si Edwards kasi siya ang champion, ako lang ang challenger. Nirerespeto ko po bilang isang champion pero sa paghandaan, 100% na po ako ready.", Mama said.
From his regular training in General Santos, he headed to Dubai to continue his conditioning before going to London, 6 days before the fight.
"Hindi po kami naghahangad ng knockout kasi crucial po ito pero ang mas maganda po kasi ma-kekey out yung kalaban bale hindi po dapat umabot po kami ng 12 rounds, kaya ang sa amin sir, hindi man yung pagkakataon na kaya ko siya patumbahan, ipapatikim ko po ng knockout siya para sure win po.", Mama concluded.
Mama, also thanked the Iglesia ni Cristo and their leadership, of which he is an active member, for their undying support towards his dream to battle in his first world title bout overseas.