Adiwang of Crew Lakay lastly meets Hexigetu at ONE: Revolution


The much-awaited strawweight showdown between Lito “Thunder Child” Adiwang and “Wolf of the Grasslands” Hexigetu is lastly taking place at ONE: Revolution on Sept. 24.  

A match that has been 9 months within the making will lastly present who’s the superior expertise.

The bout was initially slated for ONE: UNBREAKABLE final January however journey restrictions in Hebei, China because of the spike of COVID-19 instances compelled Hexigetu to skip the occasion.

Regardless, Adiwang was nonetheless trying ahead to mixing it up with the proud sanda skilled from Horqin, Internal Mongolia.

“I wasn’t dissatisfied that I wasn’t capable of meet him final January, however I actually wished to struggle him,” Adiwang mentioned.

The unexpected adjustments left Adiwang and not using a dance associate, one which Deep Strawweight Champion Namiki Kawahara of Japan stuffed in on the final minute.

Though the Philippine Nationwide Wushu Champion needed to scamper together with his preparations after being simply given per week to shift his recreation plan, he wasn’t shy in exhibiting his prowess, tagging his Japanese foe with a killer left hook to attain the second-round knockout win.

For the Crew Lakay rising star, this felt like a blessing in disguise as he had an opportunity to check his mettle in opposition to Kawahara, himself a deadly striker as he continued to ascend within the ONE strawweight division.

“I really feel lucky, really, that the adjustments led to a match in opposition to Namiki, which we already know the way that ended up,” he mentioned.

Adiwang believes that there’s a cause why stars aligned that means, and true sufficient, he did get a second likelihood to face Hexigetu on this upcoming Singapore card.

“That cancelled struggle in opposition to Hexigetu solely gave us and my workforce extra time to review him and study his model,” he quipped.

The 28-year-old understands how harmful of an opponent Hexigetu is, citing the Chinese language’s explosiveness as some extent of concern.

“I do know that he’s as strong as a fighter as they arrive. We all know how explosive he could be, so it’s one thing that we actually are waiting for.”

It’s really one thing price keeping track of for the Filipino stud, particularly with Hexigetu on a three-fight win streak, going unbeaten since March 2019 when he beat “The Enigma” Ovais Shah of Pakistan by way of unanimous resolution at ONE: WARRIORS OF LIGHT in Bangkok.

Adiwang, although, is on a tear of his personal, profitable eight of his final 9 fights.

The one defeat tasted by the ONE Tremendous Sequence winner was a shock break up resolution loss to Japanese contender Hiroba Minowa at ONE: INSIDE THE MATRIX III final November, a defeat he nonetheless desires to redeem himself from.

“Truthfully, I do know that I’ve to beat somebody within the prime 5 to earn my place there. Really, I’m able to face anybody of these within the prime 5,” he mentioned.

Doing so would definitely bode nicely for Adiwang’s plans to stay in title rivalry as he appears to be like to make up for misplaced time contained in the ONE Circle.

It doesn’t imply, nonetheless, that Adiwang is already trying previous Hexigetu.

For him, although, profitable over the Chinese language is his first step in making these goals a actuality.

“I’ve to win in opposition to him if I need to make these goals a actuality,” he mentioned. (PR) -bny

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