ONE Championship: Danny Kingad will only get better after loss to Demetrious Johnson
ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 17, 2019 10:37 AM
"I think I did a great job. I put everything, so I deserve a rematch. Even though I lost the match, but I put up everything. Anyone. I’ll be ready to face anyone." - Danny Kingad (Photo courtesy of ONE Championship)
Danny "The King" Kingad might have fell short against 12-time Flyweight World Champion Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson, but the experience of competing against the future hall of famer has boosted the Filipino’s confidence.
The explosive pair collided in the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Championship Final at ONE: CENTURY PART I on Sunday, 13 October, and Johnson emerged victorious by unanimous decision.
The result was not what the Baguio City native hoped for, but after going the distance with the all-time pound-for-pound great, "The King" knows he can compete against the best in the world.
"DJ is my idol,” Kingad said. “Fighting DJ is a big achievement. When I heard that DJ signed for ONE, I wanted to face him because we’re in the same division."
"Everyone starts from the bottom ,and now I’m here fighting DJ and I can say that somehow I am [on par] with DJ."
The 24-year-old was mostly on the defensive as "Mighty Mouse" pressed the action from the opening stanza to the final bell. “The King” had his moments here and there, which came as a surprise to him.
"I didn’t expect what happened. I didn’t expect that I could showcase those grappling skills and I could take down DJ and somehow corner him," he admitted.
"I still need to review and watch the fight so I could learn what I could have done better. Of course I was disappointed because I lost, but DJ deserved it."
And while the Team Lakay representative took a loss, there is no question to how far he has gone and will go. He knows he is on the top of the flyweight division, and he is willing to face all comers to keep his spot.
"There are many lessons I learned, and I need to review the fight first to evaluate and get back to the gym," he said.
"I think I did a great job. I put everything, so I deserve a rematch. Even though I lost the match, but I put up everything. Anyone. I’ll be ready to face anyone."