'I will be a champion one day' - Team Lakay's Danny Kingad reflects on loss to Adriano Moraes
Santino Honasan on Nov 17, 2017 11:23 AM
"I will go back to the gym again and train and train, meron din kaming pagkakataon, kukunin at kukunin namin yung belt na yan para sa ating bansa." - Danny Kingad
At ONE Championship: Legends of the World in Manila, Team Lakay young gun Danny 'The King' Kingad took on the biggest challenge of his young career, facing reigning flyweight champion Adriano Moraes for the title.
In front of a partisan Filipino crowd however, the more experienced Moraes had his way with the smaller Kingad en route to a first round submission win.
While it was a quick defeat for Kingad, it was also definitely a learning experience for the 21-year old contender, who was coming off back-to-back fight cancellations.
"Yung masasabi ko lang sa kanya, talagang it’s not my time talaga." Kingad said post-fight. "I will go back to the gym again and train and train, meron din kaming pagkakataon, kukunin at kukunin namin yung belt na yan para sa ating bansa."
(All I can say is that it really wasn't my time. I will go back to the gym and train and train, and we'll have our chance again. We're going to get that belt, for our country.)
On his Facebook page, Kingad spoke about the experience more, saying that while he may have lost that night, his spirit has not been defeated.
"I will be a champion one day." he ended.
Kingad remains as one of ONE Championships young stars to be watched out for, especially now that he's had some experience fighting for a world championship.
Don't be surprised if 'The King' gets even better as he moves forward.