Minowa rematch up to ONE’s decision, says Adiwang

Published January 23, 2021, 4:32 PM

by Carlo Anolin

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Lito Adiwang of Team Lakay said it will be up to ONE Championship to grant him the rematch with Japanese youngster Hiroba Minowa.

After an explosive knockout win against Namiki Kawahara of Japan in ONE: Unbreakable at the Singapore Indoor Stadium Friday, Adiwang vowed to be ready for any matchups that the promotion plans to give him.

“We got a lot of talents in my division,” said Adiwang in a post-event press conference. “If Minowa doesn’t want to dance with me, I’m happy to accept higher caliber and better challenges.”

It would be recalled that Adiwang suffered a controversial split decision loss against Minowa, 21, in ONE: Inside the Matrix III last November.

Since then, Adiwang, who fell out of the Top 5 ranking, has been vocal to express desire with a rematch with Minowa.

Hexigetu of China, the initial opponent replaced by Kawahara in short notice, is one to count for instance.

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In previous interviews, Adiwang also picked former Japanese champions Yoshitaka Naito and Yosuke Saruta for possible matchups in the hopes of getting more points to get back in the rankings.

“I’m not here to pick any opponents. I’m just here to improve myself, train every day, improve and come here and show my improvements,” added Adiwang, who improved to a 12-3 record.