ONE Championship: After impressive debut in Tokyo, Lito Adiwang wants to be part of Masters of Fate card in Manila
ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 23, 2019 09:45 AM
“I’m very satisfied with how I performed in Japan. I was able to give out an impressive debut. That’s why I still want to fight in Manila, because at first, I thought I was going to make my debut here,” - Lito Adiwang (Photo courtesy of ONE Championship)
The 26-year-old strawweight is coming off an impressive debut on the big stage following his first-round TKO win over Japanese veteran Senzo Ikeda at ONE: CENTURY PART I on 13 October at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan.
Still in top shape thanks to his quick work in his last outing, "Thunder Kid" wishes to join his teammates Joshua "The Passion" Pacio, Eduard "Landslide" Folayang, and Geje "Gravity" Eustaquio in the promotion’s final show in the Philippines for 2019.
“I’m very satisfied with how I performed in Japan. I was able to give out an impressive debut. That’s why I still want to fight in Manila, because at first, I thought I was going to make my debut here,” Adiwang said.
“The fire to finish Ikeda and continue to train is still there, I guess that’s how bad I want to be on [ONE: MASTERS OF FATE]. I hope I’ll be given a chance because I believe I will be ready.”
The Baguio City native made himself known by dominating his opponents on Rich Franklin's ONE WARRIOR SERIES.
While preparing for a bout would normally take him a couple of months, his quick win – alongside his ability to take minimal damage – helped him stay ready for Manila.
“I usually train for at least two months for a fight, but I guess I’m in shape because since August I’ve been competing,” Adiwang said.
“Way before August I’ve been training and preparing and it turned out well. I came out injury free and then my fight in Japan ended quickly so that’s why I feel like I’m ready.”
“My training’s good enough ‘til the Manila card. I’m really ready to perform.”
The explosive striker is willing to face any opponent as he continues to work his way to the top. He has no particular name in mind, but all that matters at the moment is to get a slot on 8 November.
“I’m not in a position to choose who I’ll be facing,” Adiwang said. “I’m honored, whoever it is, and I’ll definitely prepare for him.”