Undefeated hometown favorite and national boxing champion Tiffany “The Soul Crusher” Teo looked to thrill the fans at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
On Friday, 26 May, at ONE: DYNASTY OF HEROES, she accomplished just that. She dominated American-born and Shanghai-based competitor Rebecca “The Professor” Heintzman-Rozewski en route to a unanimous decision victory.
“The plan was to out-strike her and make this more of a stand-up fight, because I know she is more comfortable on the ground with her wrestling,” the 27-year-old victor offers. “But even when it went to the ground, I felt I out-grappled her.”
It was not going to be easy, however. Heintzman-Rozewski was prepared to play the spoiler. The Shanghai transplant by way of the United States had energy to spare on her way to the cage, and turned that into action as she stood and traded with Teo to open the first round. She then hit a takedown just past the halfway point to seemingly put her at an advantage on top.
However, Teo had already damaged her foe with excellent striking, and Heintzman-Rozewski unwisely left herself open for the Singaporean to wrap her legs around for a triangle choke.
Once she had it cinched up tight, Teo went for a simultaneous armbar, and while the American was able to twist her way free with under a minute left, it was clear that simply taking Teo down was not the key to victory.
The hometown favorite continued to throw an effective left jab and punishing combos for the next round. Teo so dominated the stand-up that she actually begged her opponent to come forward, and after she tagged “The Professor” with a powerful shot, the American tapped her cheek in response.
All Heintzman-Rozewski had, however, was another leg trip takedown at the four-minute mark, but was unable to do much with it. Heintzman-Rozewski’s fortunes did not change in the third round either, as her takedown attempt backfired. Teo blocked the shot and spun her way to back control, getting both hooks in and attempting to sweep to a mount on top.
Heintzman-Rozewski managed to regain full guard, and then stand up with 40 seconds left to trade blows. She scored one more takedown to close the bout, but the judges unanimously ruled in favor of Teo, awarding her the win by unanimous decision.
“I am very happy with my performance today, but there are still a few things I want to improve on, like my takedown defense and my wrestling. In this fight, I feel my striking improved a lot,” Teo explains.
“I still feel I am pretty new to ONE Championship. I have three wins in ONE, but there are a lot of good strawweights like Ann Osman. I feel it would be awesome if I could get a shot at a title, but if it does not come now, I am willing to put in the work to keep wining more fights and get a shot in the near future.”
Teo improves to 6-0, while Heintzman-Rozewski drops to 2-3.