Senzo Ikeda comments on opponent Lito Adiwang's striking
ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 07, 2019 09:26 AM
“Even in ONE Championship, I think he’s one of the top strikers, so I think a solid win over him will put me in with the best guys. If I beat him, the others won’t be so scary after that. He’s that strong an opponent,” - Senzo Ikeda on Lito Adiwang (Photo courtesy of ONE Championship)
A decorated striker with an unblemished record as a professional boxer, the Japanese combat sports veteran actually sees the Filipino as one of the best strikers in ONE Championship.
“Even in ONE Championship, I think he’s one of the top strikers, so I think a solid win over him will put me in with the best guys. If I beat him, the others won’t be so scary after that. He’s that strong an opponent,” Ikeda said.
“He’s probably going to come to beat me with his striking. His striking is very good. I’ve watched other strawweights, but his is excellent.”
Adiwang has finished eight of nine wins, with five coming from either KO or TKO. This is something the 37-year-old Japanese warrior is wary about.
“He always comes in confident. You can tell by his style. He’s very sure of his skills. He throws hard, even if his opponent is moving forward, throwing hard. Every strike is strong,” Ikeda said.
“Honestly, I think his kickboxing sense is greater than mine.”
That does not mean the Paraestra Matsudo standout will come in with his head low – instead, it is quite the opposite.
Expecting to feel the Team Lakay representative’s power, the hometown favorite promises to rise above the challenges he will face on 13 October.
“I think my willpower is stronger, and because of that, I don’t think I can lose to anyone. That’s what I want to take with me to the match,” Ikeda said.
“I have more experience. I’ve had more matches and been in more dangerous situations. That’s probably my strongest point.”
Though he did not give a prediction on how the match will go, the man from Japan said fans can expect a surprise from him when he takes on Adiwang.
“I’ve studied all aspects of his game, and I have a plan. I want to surprise him with everything,” Ikeda said.
“This time, I want to show the fans my deceptive movement. I want to make fans wonder what I’m going to do next.”
Ikeda looks to give Adiwang a rude debut at ONE: CENTURY, the biggest World Championship martial arts event in history. No organization has ever promoted two full-scale World Championship events in one day, with 28 World Champions competing in multiple World Title bouts.
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