ONE Championship: Danny Kingad remembers daddy duties ahead of big match
ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 27, 2019 02:50 PM
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Filipino flyweight Danny "The King" Kingad is deep in training for his much-awaited showdown against pound-for-pound great Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson, but even if his busy schedule he always stays on top of his daddy duties.
Before what is his most important bout to date against the twelve-time World Champion from America at ONE: CENTURY on 13 October at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan, Kingad dedicated an entire day to his firstborn Gleuordan Adriel Kingad.
Gleuordan Adriel, nicknamed "The Prince" by his loved ones, celebrated his first birthday and Christening this past Saturday at Supreme Hotel in Baguio City.
The gathering was attended by Kingad’s teammates, closest friends, and family, including his best pal and reigning ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua "The Passion" Pacio, Eduard "Landslide" Folayang, Kevin "The Silencer" Belingon, Honorio "The Rock" Banario, and Edward "The Ferocious" Kelly.
It was the rightful feast before “The King” marches battle in October.
“This is another milestone for me as a father. This kid is my motivation, I’m happy to hold this for him and that this event is very successful,” Kingad said.
“We’ve prepared for this for a long time. We managed our time in handling the deliverables. My family helped me out in setting this up. We all worked for this.”
To say that "The King" is a busy man is truly an understatement. Besides training for his appearance in the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Championship Final, he also has to juggle his time between school and preparation for Gleuordan Adriel’s first birthday.
Kingad is equally dedicated to his son as much as he is dedicated to his mixed martial arts career. He shared that time management is key in getting things done in life, and that he is blessed with a supportive partner, which makes things a lot easier.
“It’s all about managing our time. I train and then during my free time I work on things for the celebration,” Kingad said.
“My wife has been vital. She also juggles her time between school and our deliverables.”
At the end of the day, Kingad only has a simple wish for his firstborn as he welcomed him into the Christian world.
"I would never force him to be a mixed martial artist,” Kingad said.
“What’s important is he grows up God-fearing. Whatever he wants to be, I’ll be supporting.”
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