ONE Championship: Team Lakay's Lito Adiwang ready for the big stage at ONE: CENTURY
ABS-CBN Sports on Sep 04, 2019 11:25 AM
“Of course there’s pressure. It’s ONE’s biggest event, and it’s my opponent’s hometown so there’s definitely pressure,” - Lito Adiwang
That is the perfect way to make an entry.
“I was wowed when I first heard that I got the match,” Adiwang shared.
“This is the perfect timing for me. It’s my debut in the big league and it happens to be in the biggest event of ONE. I’m really happy.”
“Thunder Kid" bagged a lucrative six-figure contract after he defeated Anthony "The Antidote" Do by unanimous decision at OWS 7 in August.
Though excited and eager for his debut, the Team Lakay representative cannot help but feel some kind of pressure, especially since he is taking on a hometown favorite.
“Of course there’s pressure. It’s ONE’s biggest event, and it’s my opponent’s hometown so there’s definitely pressure,” the Filipino athlete admitted.
“But as days go by, it slowly dissipates. I’m beginning to focus on what I need to do, and I definitely won’t be affected with his hometown advantage.”
Ikeda will not only enjoy familiarity when he takes on Adiwang, he will also come in bigger than him.
Adiwang is also wary of Ikeda’s punching power - the Japanese athlete was a former professional boxer - but he says that his entire focus is on getting better.
“We’re not really fixated on that. Our focus is on how I’ll be putting pressure on my opponent and how I’ll impose my game,” Adiwang said.
“We expect his power. He’s heavier, so the strategy is putting as much pressure on him in the fight.”
They say first impression lasts, and that is exactly what “Thunder Kid" will be thinking of when he makes his main roster debut on 13 October.
"Fans can expect an explosive and thunderous Adiwang," he promised.
"I’ll give everything because it’s my debut. I will give my best and impress them. I want to give back to the fans by putting on a good show.”
ONE: CENTURY is the biggest World Championship martial arts event in history. No organization has ever promoted two full-scale World Championship events in one day. But The Home Of Martial Arts breaks new ground as 28 World Champions compete in multiple World Title bouts, three World Grand Prix Championship Finals, and several World Champion versus World Champion matches at the famous Ryogoku Kokugikan on 13 October in Tokyo, Japan.
In the meantime, watch ONE Championship’s next event, ONE: IMMORTAL TRIUMPH, on ABS-CBN S+A at 9:30pm PHT.
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