ONE Championship: Danny Kingad Looks To Finish Senzo Ikeda In Highlight-Reel Fashion
ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 25, 2019 05:08 PM
Danny "The King" Kingad looks to end his drought of finishes at ONE: A NEW ERA in Tokyo, Japan (photo courtesy of ONE Championship)
It has been nearly three years since Danny “The King” Kingad last finished an opponent in ONE Championship.
Now, he looks to end that drought in the promotion’s biggest event of all time.
Kingad will be gunning for that decisive stoppage victory when he takes on Pancrase Flyweight World Champion Senzo Ikeda in the quarter-finals of the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix at ONE: A NEW ERA, which emanates from the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan on Sunday, 31 March.
"We have studied Senzo Ikeda's style. When we did our research, we only managed to find one fight, and it was one that he lost against a wrestler," he said.
"Ikeda has good kicks. I think he has unorthodox kicks with lots of variety. He is a former boxer, but his kicks are more of a threat than his hands. If one of us is going to win by knockout, it is going to be me."
The 23-year-old Baguio City native last earned a stoppage victory when he defeated Malaysia's Muhamad Haidar by way of first-round TKO at ONE: GLOBAL RIVALS in April 2016.
Although he won six of his following seven matches, all of the wins came via decision. It is quite a difference, considering “The King” is known for his top-notch striking and unlimited cardio.
That is why Kingad vows to use his brilliant stand-up skills to go for the knockout on Sunday.
"I think his weakness is in his grappling, but I also think I can match him when it comes to striking," the Filipino said.
"The goal is to win by knockout in [front of] a hostile crowd. I think this is my best chance of getting a stoppage. If the opportunity presents itself, then I am going for an early finish."
Getting that decisive stoppage win has been a near-obsession for Kingad, and it is something he has been working on for weeks.
"I really want to work on my punches and learn for myself if I have that power to knock people out," he revealed. "So far, I have discovered that I have that knockout power.”