Lito Adiwang Includes Rodtang Jitmuangnon in Shortlist of Dream Matchups

Team Lakay phenom Lito “Thunder Kid” Adiwang is a huge fan of ONE Super Series. At one point down the line, the former ONE Warrior Series product says he would love to test his mettle against the world’s best striking talents.

Adiwang’s aggressive and explosive offensive style would no doubt hold up very well against the world’s top Muay Thai fighters and kickboxers. One man on Adiwang’s radar is none other than reigning ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion Rodtang “The Iron Man” Jitmuangnon.

The fiery Thai warrior is known for his incredible speed and thunderous knockout power, and Adiwang would want nothing more than to turn a fantasy matchup between “Thunder Kid” and “The Iron Man” into reality.

“I love fantasy matchups. Me against Rodtang shouldn’t just be a fantasy, it should be a reality. I respect Rodtang a lot. I love the way he fights and the energy that he brings into the arena. I really respect him as a true fighter and a real champion,” said Adiwang.

Indeed, Rodtang has emerged as one of the most exciting martial arts superstars in Asia, since his debut in the world’s premier striking martial arts league. He’s unbeaten in ONE Super Series action, with eight thrilling victories on his resume.

Adiwang has studied Rodtang’s style extensively, and believes he has a good grasp on the Thai action star’s strengths and weaknesses.

“His strength is in his powerful strikes. He has powerful kicks and punches, and has that demolition style. He will come forward and put the pressure on his opponent, looking to destroy them with powerful combinations,” said Adiwang.

“But I think he has trouble when an opponent is good in countering and keeping the distance. He sometimes has difficulty landing when an opponent is elusive.”

While “Thunder Kid” is certainly open to the idea of stepping into the ring in ONE Super Series, the Circle standout reaffirms that he is completely focused on his mixed martial arts career at the moment.

However, if the opportunity to face Rodtang would arise, Adiwang would jump all over the chance to stand across one of the men on top of his list of dream matchups.

“If me and Rodtang face each other somewhere down the line, I will do my best to shock the world. I want to prove to the world that even an ordinary boy can do extraordinary things if he just believes in himself, puts in the work, and dedicates himself to achieving his goals. I want that fantasy matchup to become a reality,” said Adiwang.

“My dream is to fight the best of the best and become a champion, and Rodtang is one of the fighters on my shortlist to test myself against. If we fight in Muay Thai, I know it’s going to be a good show. Of course I will do my best to get the victory. But if he ever plans to try MMA, I would love to be the one to welcome him into our world.”

Author: Robert Belen

Robert Belen is a long-time combat sports writer for dSource Boxing. An avid sports fan, he knows no fear nor partiality in his reporting. If you have a problem with him, tell it to his face. (We bid you not.) You can follow him on Twitter @robertbelen

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