Danny Kingad will take on Ma Hao Bin in a key flyweight encounter this coming weekend at ONE Championship: Pinnacle of Power. The event takes place from the Studio City Event Center.
With the flyweight title being unified in the main event between champion Adriano Moraes and interim titleholder Geje Eustaquio, the bout with Kingad and Bin is key for the division.
It also happens to be that Eustaquio is the coach for Kingad, a 22-year-old who will be competing in his native home of Baguio City.
“I will be super happy for coach Geje if he wins the match in Macau. It’s an honor to be competing alongside him on June 23. I’ve learned a lot of things from him. For this training camp, I’ve spent more time with him. I want him to win the title,” he said. “I don’t mind filling that role if ever he wins against Adriano Moraes. He is my senior, and we are teammates. He is like a brother to me. I am still young. I believe that my time will come.”
Kingad challenged Moraes last year for the title, coming up short. That bout, though, gave him plenty of confidence in his growing abilities, as he rebounded with a win over Sotir Kichukov.
“Training is, as usual, very tough. We are drilling very hard each and every day. I am still working on all areas, be it my striking or my grappling,” he mentioned. “Knowing my opponent is a good wrestler, however, I am particularly working on my takedown defense for this match. I want to keep this fight standing, so I have worked very hard on my takedown defense.
“I want to test his stand-up game. I believe I am stronger, faster, and more explosive than he is. I am definitely going for a knockout in this match. However, if he does take me to the ground, I will be ready for anything.”