March 3, 2024

Team Lakay’s rising star Lito Adiwang has been keeping a low profile despite his impressive victories in ONE Championship, but not this time when he seemingly loses his cool on brash American Jareed Brooks.

The 28-year-old Adiwang and the rest of Team Lakay fighters are known for respecting their opponents and avoiding trash talks.

That’s why Adiwang is just looking forward to his strawweight clash against Brooks, which takes place at ONE: Next Gen III, a tape-delayed event from Singapore that airs on Nov. 26. 

“I am ready to humble him and show him that the lions in this division eat monkeys like him for breakfast,” said Adiwang, who recently out-dueled Hexigetu of China.

For Adiwang, this fight is all about earning respect.

From the moment Brooks came to the scene in ONE, the American wasn’t shy in directing his verbal attacks at the reigning ONE strawweight world champion Joshua Pacio, telling the latter he would “rip him apart” and show that he’s the undisputed best strawweight in the world.

Pacio has made it clear that Brooks has to earn his spot first in the strawweight division.

Now, Adiwang can turn his attention on Brooks as he also seeks to unveil his continued development in his gradual ascent in the strawweight division. Brooks and Adiwang were supposed to fight in April but the match was cancelled when the Filipino fighter contracted the Covid-19 infection.

“The cancellation of our original match, I think, is also a blessing in disguise as it gave me more time to study his style and check on his strengths and weaknesses. With those in mind, I think I can accomplish my goals when I fight him and that is to humble him inside the ONE Circle,” Adiwang said. – Harley F. Palangchao