“I Am Really Hoping That Minowa Will Win” – Lito Adiwang Wants His Rematch With Hiroba Minowa

Lito Adiwang is keeping a close eye on the strawweight matchup between top contenders Hiroba Minowa and Bokang Masunyane at ONE 159: De Ridder vs. Bigdash on 22 July which will be broadcast live from the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Masunyane is the #2-ranked contender in the stacked strawweight division while Minowa sits as the #3-ranked fighter and is someone who has a lot of history with Adiwang.

Minowa made his ONE Championship debut against the Filipino and took a controversial split decision victory at ONE: Inside the Matrix III in November 2020.

“Thunder Kid” locked in a vicious Kimura midway through the first round that should’ve submitted practically anyone, and he believes that Minowa actually tapped out to the submission hold. That, however, wasn’t the case as Minowa held on to take the win.

With their first match ending in such a razor-thin finish, Adiwang said he wants Minowa to take the victory against Masunyane so that he and the Japanese grappler will have another go-around inside the Circle.

“If given a chance in facing one of them, I want to face the winner of their match and I’m really hoping that Minowa will win this one so that we will dance one more time and I can clear my record especially since he got a controversial win over me.”

Adiwang, however, favors Masunyane to get the win since the South African star has a better wrestling game than Minowa. But if his wishes are to be fulfilled, he hopes to see Minowa get the win and set up a rematch between them.

“I was excited to see the ONE 159 fight card because there’s a really great matchup between Bokang and Minowa. It’s a great fight because both are well-rounded but I’m giving the edge to Bokang for this one. He has better wrestling than Minowa and I see that as the key to victory here. He can defend the takedown and submission attacks of Minowa and use his wrestling skills to control Minowa in the clinch and on the ground,” said Adiwang.

“I saw how he improved his striking skills and he can use that to out-point Minowa. But, on the other hand, I am hoping that Minowa will win and build his name so that we’ll have a better build-up for a potential rematch in the coming years.”

Author: Fight Game Asia

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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