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Embattled Lito Adiwang can rise above difficulties, says coach

Embattled Lito Adiwang can rise above difficulties, says coach

FIGHTBACK. Lito Adiwang aims to put all his struggles behind.

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’It’s easy to be stuck in the negatives, so competing is really the positive way of doing this,’ says Team Lakay standout Lito Adiwang

Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao is confident that Lito “Thunder Kid” Adiwang can rise above the dark clouds that have been looming over his star pupil during the past few weeks. 

Adiwang, who takes on Namiki Kawahara at ONE: Unbreakable on Friday, January 22, has been through a lot, especially after losing his mother, Leticia, who passed away two days before 2020 ended. 

Still, Sangiao is confident that his prized ward is mentally prepared to step into the Singapore Indoor Stadium, as he knows that “Thunder Kid” can turn adversity into motivation. 

“I was there with him during his mother’s last days, and I know he’s already accepted it. That’s the circle of life. We believe that his mother deserves to rest now, especially as she has gone through so much,” Sangiao said. 

“So we talked about it, we prayed over it, and being Christians they accepted it wholeheartedly. Now he’s using it as a motivation to win because he’s competing for his mother.” 

Embattled Lito Adiwang can rise above difficulties, says coach

The 27-year-old is competing even after that tragedy because he agreed to the fight before his mom’s passing, but he also wants to do it for her.

Moreover, he said training helps him deal with the grief. 

“I know how heavy the situation is, so it also helps to stay busy,” Adiwang said. 

“Every time I stay idle, I get pulled down, and once I’m there, it’s easy to be stuck in the negatives, so competing is really the positive way of doing this.” 

With that said, Sangiao trusts his student’s decision wholeheartedly and he expects nothing but the best from Adiwang on fight night. 

“I don’t think there’s any pressure for Lito. If anything, I expect Lito to come in motivated because of his mother’s passing and his recent loss,” Sangiao said. 

“I believe Lito is ready. I see that spirit in him, that he won’t allow himself to lose against this opponent.” – Rappler.com

Watch ONE: Unbreakable live and for free on One Sports and One Sports+ or the ONE Super App at 8:30 pm Philippine Standard Time (PHT). 

Also, TV5 will air the action on a next-day delay at 11 pm PHT on Saturday, January 23. 

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