Team Lakay’s Lito Adiwang. ONE CHAMPIONSHIP PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — It’s only a matter of time before Lito Adiwang gets his title shot especially when he takes care of business again on Friday against Hiroba Minowa of Japan.

Adiwang is ONE Championship’s fifth-ranked strawweight. He is also undefeated in his last seven fights, including 4-0 since making his ONE debut in 2018.

And extending his streak will certainly make Adiwang’s case stronger for a crack at the title.

“I feel like I only need a few more wins to be considered a title contender, especially sitting in the top five right now. But of course, I’ll let ONE Championship decide whether I’m ready or not. I just have to focus on getting better with each fight. That’s my main goal,” said Adiwang, who goes for his 12th win in ONE: Inside the Matrix III in Singapore.

“I am happy to be labeled as one of Team Lakay’s next biggest stars. I’m on my way to proving that I deserve this status, and I want to make all of my dreams present and reality. It’s a long, hard road to the top, but I’m willing to give whatever it takes to reach my dreams.”

Standing in his way is Minowa, a former Shooto Champion expected to give the Team Lakay rising star a run for his money.

“Fans can expect an exciting and a good show every time I step into the Circle. I will always give my best in every fight. I want to thank everyone for their support. It means a lot to me,” said Adiwang.

“I’m not taking Minowa lightly. I know he is a good finisher, just like I am. So I can’t get caught. I have to maintain my concentration heading into this. If I can beat him decisively, I think that should move me up in the rankings. I’m looking forward to a good, fun fight.”


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