ONE Championship: Danny Kingad not worried about last-minute opponent change
ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 19, 2019 02:07 PM
“I have trained hard and prepared well for the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix, so I am confident that I can take on anyone in the tournament who stands in my way." - Danny Kingad
Filipino flyweight star Danny "The King" Kingad has a new opponent following Andrew Leone's withdrawal from the much-awaited ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix which is set to kick-off at ONE: A NEW ERA on 31 March at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan.
Leone suffered an injury in training and was replaced by former Pancrase Flyweight World Champion Senzo Ikeda in the quarterfinals of the tournament.
"I am ready for whoever ONE Championship puts in front of me,” said Kingad
“I have trained hard and prepared well for the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix, so I am confident that I can take on anyone in the tournament who stands in my way."
Ikeda, 36, is on a four-bout winning streak and is coming off an impressive fifth-round technical knockout victory over the hard-hitting Yuya "Little Piranha" Wakamatsu.
He is a well-rounded martial artist capable of ending a contest by submission as well, but Kingad says he would be ready for anything the moment they face off in Japan.
"Senzo Ikeda is a talented competitor, and he has a lot of momentum behind him with four-straight wins, but I have faith in my capabilities and my skills," said the young phenom from Team Lakay.
"I believe that I can put an end to that winning streak. My goal is to win this tournament. To do that, I will need to show my best in all of the matches, starting with this first one against Ikeda."
Ikeda for his part acknowledges the risk in facing the Baguio native, but says he is prepared to do whatever it takes to get the victory in front of his hometown crowd.
"Being on this massive card in my home country of Japan motivates me to perform to the best of my abilities and advance into the next stage of the tournament," told Ikeda.
"I have nothing but respect for Danny Kingad, but come event night, I will do everything that I can to get the victory."
The winner of the upcoming bout will advance to the semi-finals then face the victor between Kairat "The Kazakh" Akhmetov and Reece "Lightning" McLaren.