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Rica Aquino: Igorota Musician-Turned-Boxer Knocks Out Foe in 2nd Round

Watch Rica Aquino, the Igorota musician, as she transforms into a powerful boxer and knocks out her foe in a 2nd-round knockout victory.

Witness the incredible transformation of Rica Aquino, an Igorota musician, as she evolves into a formidable boxer, delivering a breathtaking 2nd-round knockout victory.

Rica Aquino, a proud Igorota from Besao and Sagada, Mountain Province, has captivated audiences not only with her musical talents but also with her prowess in the boxing ring. At the age of 39, on August 7, 2022, at the Elorde Sports Complex in Paranaque City, Rica demonstrated her strength and determination by securing a technical knockout victory over her opponent, Erika Ballen, in the second round of their bout.

Rica Aquino

A Diverse Background

Rica's journey to potentially becoming a professional boxer is as diverse as it is remarkable. Despite her early immersion in the world of music, having studied at the prestigious University of the Philippines and even teaching music at Brent International School, Rica's passion for combat sports never waned. From a young age, she harbored a fascination with fighting sports, but her musical commitments initially restricted her from fully pursuing this passion.

Transition to Combat Sports

However, Rica's determination knew no bounds. As an adult, she seized the opportunity to explore her interest in combat sports and enrolled in Muay Thai training. Her dedication paid off when she clinched a silver medal at a National Games, proving her natural aptitude for the sport. Not one to rest on her laurels, Rica further honed her skills by delving into mixed martial arts under the tutelage of the esteemed Team Lakay, led by renowned coach Mark Sangiao.

Love for Combat Sports

When asked about her preference for combat sports over music, Rica candidly admitted to being drawn to the competitive nature, discipline, and adrenaline rush that come with stepping into the ring. Despite her success as a professional musician, Rica found unparalleled fulfillment in the world of combat sports, where every bout presents a new challenge and opportunity for growth.

The Road to Professional Boxing

Rica's recent victory at the Elorde Sports Complex signifies a significant milestone in her journey toward potentially becoming a professional boxer. With her convincing second-round TKO win, Rica, at the age of 39, has proven herself as a formidable contender. Her determination and resilience in pursuing her dreams serve as an inspiration to others.


In conclusion, Rica Aquino's journey from musician to aspiring professional boxer exemplifies the transformative power of following one's passion. Through perseverance and dedication, Rica has shattered stereotypes and proven that success knows no boundaries. As she continues to pursue her dreams in the boxing world, Rica inspires others to fearlessly chase their aspirations, no matter how unconventional they may seem.

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