Danny Kingad Gearing Up For Big Matches At ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix

ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 31, 2019 11:48 AM
Danny Kingad Gearing Up For Big Matches At ONE Flyweight GP
"Each and every martial artist in the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix is world class. I will have to prepare really hard for them."

 

Filipino flyweight star Danny "The King" Kingad is bracing himself for the challenges ahead as he enters the much-awaited ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix.

 

The 23-year-old Baguio native is coming off an impressive performance against Japanese veteran Tatsumitsu Wada on the undercard of ONE: HERO'S ASCENT at the Mall of Asia Arena, last Friday, 25 January.

 

Kingad's unanimous decision victory over Wada happened to be his ticket to the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix, and it is something that came with a hefty price that evening.

 

"I was surprised with how flexible and strong Wada is. I felt his kicks as well, I didn't expect him to have good striking," Kingad revealed.

 

"I thought he will get me to the ground, but he mixed it up really well to his credit. I feel very happy because I get the right push from my coach and teammates. I felt some pressure to perform."

 

The ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix will be participated by eight of the top flyweight martial artists in the world. The winner of the tournament will receive a guaranteed shot at the ONE Flyweight World Title, which is currently held by Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes.

 

For Kingad, that bout with Wada is enough of a preparation for him entering the tournament which will be bannered by longtime pound for pound king Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson.

 

He knows that there won't be an easy bout moving forward, and he's willing to work double-time in training to be prepared for all the challenges ahead.

 

"I am excited for the tournament. All of my opponents there would be on another level. I just feel that my next opponent could be Reece McLaren," he said.

 

"Each and every martial artist in the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix is world class. I will have to prepare really hard for them."

 

And while "The King" is happy that he won, he is far from contented with the way he performed.

 

"I will give myself a 3 out of 5 in my last performance," he told. "I think there's still plenty more to improve and that I am capable of getting a knockout in the future."

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