June 7, 2023

Looking ahead to his monumental main event clash, Team Lakay’s Lito Adiwang is all good to square off against Jarred Brooks at ONE: NextGen III, a previously recorded event from the Singapore Indoor Stadium set for broadcast via tape delay on Nov. 26.

It’s the break the ONE Super Series contract winner has long been waiting for, getting his name in a prime position against a newcomer who has positioned himself as one of the most dangerous new signees in the promotion.

But Adiwang isn’t not letting himself become overwhelmed by the golden opportunities thrown his way, as he maintains the same approach for this next fight.

It is only imperative for Adiwang to reassess his game and further fine tune his skill set, especially after his last match against Hexigetu, whom he defeated via unanimous decision recently.

“I have learned that I must not hesitate on my attacks and not to play too much in the fight. I have to be more serious and more focused on finishing my opponent,”Adiwang said.

“I’m content with my performance, but I also understand that I will always have a room for improvement. That’s what I am thinking of, that every time I step outside of that ONE circle, I have to be content with my performance knowing that I gave everything I could in that fight,” he added.

The Cordillera-based fighter has done exactly that, continuing to develop his strengths and weaknesses as he gets a long-awaited crack at Brooks.

Originally, the two were set to face off last April until Adiwang tested positive for Covid-19 and forced Brooks’ promotional debut to be further delayed.

With Adiwang already among the top five strawweight contenders in ONE, all he wants is to show that he is there for good and deny Brooks the celebratory arrival he aspires to have.

“Brooks considers himself as the topone in this division. To be fair, I think I have also fought a lot of high-caliber opponents in the strawweight division who may not be in the top five. So, for me, defeating him should keep me in the top five,”Adiwang said. – Harley F. Palangchao