ONE Championship: Danny Kingad nearing peak for biggest match of career
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 28, 2019 11:37 AM
"Danny is getting better and better. All he needs is some fine-tuning," he said. "A few more weeks then he’ll be a hundred percent." - Geje Eustaquio on Danny Kingad
Filipino flyweight contender Danny "The King" Kingad is now in the crucial stages of training camp ahead of his showdown against ONE Flyweight World Champion Kairat "The Kazakh" Akhmetov according to his training partner, Geje "Gravity" Eustaquio.
The goliaths of the talent-deep division will clash in the semi-finals of the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix at ONE: DAWN OF HEROES on 2 August at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.
Eustaquio plays a crucial role in Kingad’s preparation for Akhmetov as the former has battled the Kazakh twice in his career.
The former ONE Flyweight World Champion is very happy with how Kingad has been preparing for Akhmetov, saying that he noticed a new kind of fire in Kingad.
“He’s just so willing to learn new techniques. I love his momentum. I hope it goes all the way. I know he’s really motivated to continue his streak,” shared Eustaquio.
“We just finished sparring awhile back. He’s got a hardcore training program, I don’t think we’ll have a problem with his strength and conditioning and we have the best coach and the best place in Baguio.”
Akhmetov made a name in the world of professional mixed martial arts due to his impressive Greco Roman wrestling and his versatility.
That versatility was on full display in his last outing, showing a much improved striking in his unanimous decision win over Reece "Lightning" McLaren at ONE: A NEW ERA last 31 March.
Since Akhmetov is a southpaw, Kingad won’t be falling short on getting quality training partners in Team Lakay.
“We have a lot of left-handed athletes here. For example, World Champion Stephen Loman, he replicates Kairat’s movement, he’s [Kairat] not that fast but his punches are effective,” said Eustaquio.
“I think Danny will win due to the fact that he’s hungrier and he’s a lot more motivated. We have to consider that he is younger. Most of the time, they will be standing up. I believe it’s going to end up a unanimous decision.”
With more than a month left to prepare, Eustaquio stressed that his youthful teammate is nearing peak form.
"Danny is getting better and better. All he needs is some fine-tuning," he said. "A few more weeks then he’ll be a hundred percent. "