The day has come for Lito Adiwang.
Adiwang will finally meet Jarred Brooks as they headline the ONE NextGen III tonight at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
The first headliner for one of Team Lakay’s most explosive fighters will see him face the brash American finally seven months after their supposed encounter that was delayed when Covid-19 prevented Adiwang to leave for the Merlion City. Brooks’ coach also caught the virus.
Much has been said by both camps as Adiwang stakes his number five straw weight ranking to the American who sees the Team Lakay as the gateway to ONE greatness and maybe a shot at the belt held by Joshua Pacio.
Brooks has not fought since the delayed bout, while Adiwang scored an impressive victory over “The Wolf of the Grasslands” Hexigetu at ONE: Revolution last September.
But Brooks said that he is ready to take on Adiwang. “I don’t believe in ring rust. The feeling never gets away from you at the end of the day,” said Brooks.
“I’m definitely prepared for whatever Lito pr (whoever) ONE Championship wants to bring in front of me,” added Brooks, nicknamed “The Monkey God” who flew a few days before the fight to Singapore not minding the different time zone.
He added: “I’m very confident in this fight. Usually, people are flying out seven days before a fight. I’m gonna show everybody that I can come out and beat their best in two days,…”
Brooks is confident of a victory over the Kapangan, Benguet born fighter saying that his style is way better and no wrestler from this part of the world could prepare Adiwang for the fight.
“I don’t think that he’s working with any wrestlers over there that can (get) accustomed to my style,” said Brooks.
He added: “He can do his double underhooks and he can do all the flying knees and all of that stuff, the Thai clinch… I’m used to that, man. I’ve been there and done that.”
Next month, Team Lakay ends a fruitful 2021 with four of its fighters seeing action.
Danny Kingad and Kevin Belingon makes their return to the octagon ring, while Stephen Loman and youngster Jhanlo Mark Sangiao make their respective debuts.