FILE – Lito Adiwang from the Lakay team. Photo from ONE championship
MANILA, Philippines – The last time Lito Adiwang fought in the Philippines was in late 2013, and it was the turn of the decade before he had another match on home soil.
Adiwang's wish has been fulfilled since he signed with ONE Championship. Since then, he has played in his first Filipino fight against Pongsiri Mitsatit at ONE: Fire and Fury on January 31 at the Mall of Asia Arena.
"I am very happy about this game, I have asked for it since last year and luckily they heard my request and I am here on the first Manila card," said Adiwang.
"Aside from being able to exist in front of my Filipinos, I'm happy to show how much I've improved since my last fight."
Adiwang's last fight in the Philippines while still at the Universal Reality Combat Championship.
The 26-year-old Adiwang (10: 2) won all four of his fights in ONE for the six-fight victory course and on October 12, 2019 won a technical knockout victory against Senzo Ikeda in the century.
“With every fight I want to make sure that I do my best. I want people to remember my name, to remember me as an athlete who brings energy and excitement, ”said Adiwang, who fights straw weight. "I want people to adjust every time I take part in a competition."
“This type of thinking is the main reason for my recent victories and I will definitely show it in my next fights. I hope that I can continue to win to get closer to my dream world title. "
Despite his long, unbeaten career, Adiwang does not assess the danger that Mitsatit (10-2), a Thai North Muay champion, entails.
"Mitsatit is a young and hungry fighter, I respect him, he is a good fighter and a strong striker and it is something that I am really preparing for," said Adiwang. "I expect a striking match against him."
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