An emotional Lito “Thunder Kid” Adiwang (12-3) kicked off the year for ONE Championship with a vicious second-round knockout victory against Japanese fighter Namiki Kawahara (7-4-2, 1NC) in ONE: Unbreakable on Friday night, January 22 at Singapore Indoor Stadium.
The Filipino juggernaut out of Team Lakay – who lost his mother, Leticia, last December – held back tears and bravely played with fire in the opening round as both fighters relentlessly threw wild bombs.
While Adiwang relied on his leg and body kicks in the first 5 minutes, it only took a single, heavy left hand to send the Japanese fighter cold on the ground in the 2nd round of the bout.
Adiwang dedicated his recent victory to his family and to his late mother.
“We’ve been through a lot,” Adiwang said. “I love you so much this is for you guys, this is for mama.”
This victory was also a huge comeback for Adiwang, who saw his winning streak end last November against another Japanese foe Hiroba Minowa.
“It’s been tough for me, I had a lot of challenges leading to this fight,” Adiwang added. “I got tested here, honestly this is the toughest fight that I had. I did not prepare well but to God be the glory, I got the win.”
In the main event, Capitan Petchyindee Academy knocked out Alaverdi Ramazanov in the 2nd round of their bout to snatch the ONE bantamweight kickboxing championship.
Ramazanov tried to use his length and his combinations to slowly pull away in the opening round. But a solid punch to the body, paired with loaded leg kicks did the trick for Capitan in the 2nd round of the championship event.
Meanwhile, veteran grappler Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki (46-9) now holds the most submission finishes in ONE Championship history as he locked in a slick rear-naked choke to defeat James Nakashima (12-2).
As he failed to bring the fight to the ground, Aoki wisely clung to Nakashima’s back while standing and patiently waited for an opening to deliver his impressive submission.
This is now the second straight loss for Nakashima, who had a heartbreaking loss in his title shot against welterweight champion Kiamrian Abbasov last November.
Full card – ONE: Unbreakable
Bantamweight kickboxing world championship: Capitan Petchyindee Academy (THA) def. Alaverdi Ramazanov (RUS) via Rd.2 KO (1:56)
Lightweight: Shinya Aoki (JPN) def. James Nakashima (USA) via Rd.1 submission (RNC, 2:42)
Heavyweight kickboxing: Rade Opacic (SER) def. Bruno Susano (POR) via Rd.2 TKO (1:11)
Welterweight: Gadzhimurad Abdulaev (RUS) def. Zebaztian Kadestam (SWE) via Rd.1 submission (face crank, 2:08)
Catch weight: Meng Bo (CHN) def. Samara Santos (BRA) via UD
Strawweight: Lito Adiwang (PHI) def. Namiki Kawahara (JPN) via Rd.2 KO (2:02)