ONE Championship: Team Lakay's Lito Adiwang gets wish of competing in the Philippines

ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 08, 2020 03:13 PM
ONE: Team Lakay's Adiwang gets wish of competing in the PH
“I want to show my family that I’ve made it, I’m here. I’ll show them the things that I’ve worked on for a long time,” - Lito Adiwang (Photo: ONE Championship)

When Lito "Thunder Kid" Adiwang walks into the Mall Of Asia Arena for the first time as a competitor, expect him to be a little bit emotional. 

Adiwang competes in the Philippines for the first time in six years when he battles Pongsiri "The Smiling Assassin" Mitsatit at ONE: FIRE & FURY on 31 January at the Mall Of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.

For the 26-year-old, his appearance on the show’s prime card is a culmination of all the work he has put into this sport, a sport which has taken him to Malaysia and Thailand before finding a home in Rich Franklin’s ONE Warrior Series, and later, the ONE Championship main stage. 

“I want to show my family that I’ve made it, I’m here. I’ll show them the things that I’ve worked on for a long time,” Adiwang said. 

“It’s also great to perform in front of my countrymen because it’s been a long time since I made my presence felt in the Philippine fight scene. I want to make a re-introduction to my country.”

Adiwang's journey has been nothing of short of remarkable. He won three-consecutive bouts in OWS to earn the lucrative six-figure contract to the main roster. 

In his promotional debut, "Thunder Kid" sent shockwaves through the strawweight division when he defeated Senzo Ikeda by way of first-round technical knockout at ONE: CENTURY PART I last October.

He vows to bring the same level of excitement on 31 January.

“I plan to trade strikes with him first. I’ll test my striking skills with him, but it still depends. If there are chances to counter [in other aspects], I’ll do it. I’ll mix it up,” Adiwang said. 

“If it becomes a battle of counters, the match might be boring. I want to stand toe to toe with him and that’s why I prepared hard for that. If he becomes a counter-striker, I will then mix it up.”

With Mitsatit coming off consecutive losses, both of which came in Manila, the Baguio City native expects the visiting Thai to be highly motivated.

“I saw that he’s coming off losses, so I expect him to come in hungry, focused, and motivated to win,” Adiwang said. 

“If I am Pongsiri, I am thinking that I should win at all costs. I expect that mentality from him, and I’ll prepare for that.”

Eager not to disappoint in front of his family and compatriots, Adiwang promises to go for the jugular if given the chance. 

“I will try to go for the finish. It will depend on where the match will be fought but I have to finish it. Either by submission or KO.”

But before “Thunder Kid” strikes, ONE Championship kicks off the year this Friday, 10 January, for ONE: A NEW TOMORROW at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.

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