You’re only as good as your last fight.
Lito “Thunder Kid” Adiwang lives by that ode, understanding that people will only rate him based on his last performance.
Now, he braces for his long-awaited match against “Wolf of the Grasslands” Hexigetu at ONE: Revolution this September 24. And the ONE Super Series winner vows to not only show how much he has learned, but parade the best version of himself inside the ONE Circle.
It certainly doesn’t hurt that Adiwang is coming off a stupendous win against Deep Strawweight Champion Namiki Kawahara at ONE: Unbreakable last January. There, he showcased his striking prowess with a second-round knockout victory.
“I’m definitely happy with my performance against Namiki,” he shared. Adiwang displayed his lethal and pinpoint striking in that match that led to the referee calling for the bell at the 2:03 mark of round two.
It was a magnificent bounce-back win, following a shock split-decision loss to Hiroba Minowa at ONE: Inside the Matrix III in November last year.
Since tasting that setback, the Philippine National Wushu Champion has slowly rebuilt his stock. He started from that win over Kawahara, one that he’s leaning in the lead-up to this showdown against Hexigetu.
“I can say that I have regained my confidence.
“Since that win over Namiki, my focus has just been on an uphill climb that I’m so excited to get back and fight inside the ONE Circle,” he said.
If there’s one thing that Adiwang has picked up from his lone defeat in his previous nine matches, it’s that he has to execute his game plan to the tee. He must maintain his deadly striking force while being methodical in his attacks – the perfect embodiment of this new generation of Team Lakay.
And it’s exactly what the Baguio-based striker is looking to unveil in this match against Hexigetu.
“Of course, I want to keep our game plan a secret. But all I can tell everyone is that they can expect that everything we planned for is very solid,” he said, exuding with confidence.
“Coach Mark [Sangiao] has diligently worked with me in preparing me for this, and like in my past wins, I can say that this will be another highlight win for us.”
It also helps that Adiwang has kept himself loose during his training camp, spending more time with his family while keeping his focus. He said that he refuses to let the pressure of this upcoming face-off weigh him down.
“I’ve been spending my free time with my family because they are the ones who mean the most to me, especially during these tough times. I’ve also picked up a new hobby, which is downhill mountain biking, to stay active. And that really helped me in my preparations for this fight,” he said.
“I’m just trying to improve myself to be a better me in and out of the ONE Circle.”
Make no mistake, though, Adiwang remains wary of the threat of a stellar grappler like Hexigetu, who is on a three-fight win streak.
The Chinese’s grappling skills are well documented, as seen in his big split decision win over Dejdamrong “Kru Rong” Sor Amnuaysirichoke at ONE: Reign of Dynasties in October 2020 in Singapore.
Nevertheless, Adiwang’s morale is at an all-time high heading into this clash, And he believes that his camp has done everything it could, and he has solved the puzzle that is Hexigetu.
“We have already seen his strengths and his weaknesses, and I can say that his biggest weakness is facing me.”