ONE Championship: With title shot in mind, Danny Kingad unaffected by change of foe
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 10, 2019 03:45 PM
“Whether it be by knockout, submission or decision, my target is to win.” - Danny Kingad
Flyweight prospect Danny "The King" Kingad is too focused in training to get bothered by a replacement of opponent ahead of the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix semifinals.
The 23-year-old from Baguio City was originally scheduled to square off against former ONE Flyweight World Champion Kairat "The Kazakh" Akhmetov, but the latter had to withdraw from the tournament after he suffered an injury.
The recent development led "The King" to receiving former ONE Bantamweight World Title challenger Reece "Lightning" McLaren as his new adversary, and he has no problems facing the Australian sensation.
“I don’t think there’s much difference in training. It’s pretty much the same, they’re good wrestlers and in jiu-jitsu,” said Kingad.
“The game plan is to strike and to defend the ground well. I’ll try to keep the fight standing, there’s little changes I made in my gameplan.”
McLaren, an Australian with Filipino roots himself, was eliminated from the prestigious tournament when he lost a unanimous decision against Akhmetov in the quarterfinals.
Despite the loss, Kingad is convinced his new opponent is just as good as Akhmetov, as he knows better than to underestimate the challenge in front of him.
“I think they’re on the same level. Just for me, they’re pretty much the same," he explained.
“Reece is very technical in the ground and that’s what I’m trying to avoid. I don’t think I’ll have a problem in the striking department cause that’s my game plan.”
Kingad has nothing but high regard for McLaren, who has faced some of the best and biggest names on the ONE Championship roster. A former bantamweight contender, Kingad, however, feels that McLaren was a better athlete in the upper weight class.
“He was strong in bantamweight, but I feel like when he moved to flyweight, I have the upper hand now,” Kingad stressed.
“That’s my advantage over him. In case the match goes to the ground, I have something to show for, something he won’t expect.”
In his past few bouts, "The King" was bent on getting a knockout.
He is willing to let it slide against McLaren, as he stressed the importance of getting a win over a highlight-reel finish.
“Whether it be by knockout, submission or decision, my target is to win.”