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Lito Adiwang on strawweight Muay Thai king Sam-A: ‘He’s a champion for a reason’

When ONE Championship returns to Singapore this Friday, October 9, for ONE: Reign of Dynasties expect fireworks.

And particularly in the main event, when two-sport World Champion Sam-A Gaiyanghadao defends his ONE Strawweight Muay Thai World Title against Josh “Timebomb” Tonna in an action-packed clash between two of the best strikers in the world.

Team Lakay’s Lito “Thunder Kid” Adiwang is just one of the many stars excited for this clash. He expects this matchup to go down to the wire, especially with Tonna determined to pull off the upset.

“Watching Tonna’s previous fights, he has an aggressive forward pressure. And one thing I like about him is he uses his boxing well and has solid combinations that could give the champion problems because that’s one weakness of Sam-A,” Adiwang said. “In Sam-A’s previous fights, I saw him struggle to deal with a good puncher, so that’s one key for Tonna in this fight.

“He will have to put pressure on Sam-A and connect with power punches, especially if they use four-ounce gloves.”

If Tonna is going to take one of Sam-A’s belts, Adiwang also believes the Australian should not let the Thai get comfortable; instead, Tonna needs to take the action to the Evolve MMA star.

“He should not let Sam-A dictate the fight. He’s a champion for a reason — he’s very good with the counter,” Adiwang said.

While Adiwang expects a highly competitive match, the 27-year-old still favors the defending World Champion given his familiarity with the weight class, and his overall craftsmanship.

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“Let’s also not forget that this is in the strawweight division, so for sure Tonna will need to cut some weight, and this is the weight class where Sam-A truly shines,” Adiwang said.

“He is stronger in this weight, and that’s why I am going for Sam-A in this match. I see them going the distance, with Sam-A retaining his belt by unanimous decision.”

Catch ONE: Reign of Dynasties this Friday, October 9. Watch the show on One Sports, One Sports+, or the ONE Super App at 8:30 p.m. Philippine Standard Time (PHT).

Also, TV5 will air the event on a next-day delay at 11 p.m. PHT on Saturday, October 10.

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Undefeated Toivonen Vows To Submit McLaren In Long-Awaited Return

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Sam-A, Tonna, Toivonen, McLaren To Headline ONE: REIGN OF DYNASTIES

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