Adiwang ready to counter Hexigetu's 'tricky' fighting style

Team Lakay strawweight contender Lito Adiwang said preparations are looking good for his fight against Chinese foe Hexigetu on Sept. 24 in ONE: Revolution at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Lito Adiwang (ONE Championship)

"Medyo napahaba 'yong pag-prepare natin so I've prepared for this fight," said the promotion's former No. 5 contender. "Medyo tricky siyang (Hexigetu) kalaban and may dalawang side siya. "Kitang kita kaya niyang i-dominate sa ground 'yong kalaban, ido-dominate niya talaga. Kung 'di naman sa ground, sa striking medyo tricky 'yong striking style niya kasi medyo nagba-backpedal siya.

"Pinaghandaan ko 'yong style niyang 'yon. Tignan natin hoping na mahuhuli ko siya," added the "Thunder Kid."

It would be recalled that Adiwang was initially scheduled to fight Hexigetu in January but was eventually replaced by Namiki Kawahara where the Team Lakay stalwart scored a second-round knockout win over the Japanese fighter.

The Team Lakay stalwart was supposed to fight world No. 1 strawweight Jarred Brooks in the ONE on TNT series in April but was scrapped as Adiwang tested positive for COVID-19.

From then on, Adiwang, who holds a 12-3 record, said he's more than ready to be back in the Circle alongside teammate Joshua Pacio, who will be defending the strawweight belt against Japanese rival Yosuke Saruta.

Hexigetu, for his part, is riding on a three-match win streak with the latest coming from Thai opponent Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke in October last year to improve at 9-4 slate.

Adiwang believes that he will inch closer to the Top 5 rankings should he win against Hexigetu.

"Mabigat rin siya at may pangalan so alam kong mapapalapit tayo sa Top 5 dito and honestly I believe and I accept na kailangan kong tumalo ng Top 5 to be in the Top 5," said Adiwang.