By Jun Ray Navarres
No. 2 flyweight contender Danny “The King” Kingad secured a face off against no. 3 ranked Kairat “The Kazakh” Ahkmetov at ONE: BIG BANG scheduled on 4 December, live at Singapore Indoor Stadium, Singapore.
Wounded by his first title contention against ONE Flyweight Champion Adriano Moraes, Kingad has been constantly learning and pushing his way up to the flyweight rankings, raking in seven wins in his last eight outings.
“The King” must overcome the former ONE World Champion Ahkmetov to prove that he is worthy to be a title contender and earn another shot at the title.
“Danny is super eager to be back at the battle field. It is our principle to treat every fight as the last fight so every fight is of huge importance. For Danny, he needs to show that he’s a strong contender for the top most of the division,” said Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao.
Kingad still found ways to remain in peak condition even though the threat of the pandemic is still lurking.
In the recent vlog uploaded in Team Lakay’s official YouTube page, Kingad, next to his brothers in the stable was seen taking on the challenge of Baguio’s longest stairs.
“Although there is a little challenge caused by the limited movement following COVID restrictions, only that. The preparation is running well,” shared Sangiao.
Alongside Kingad, Filipino star Jomary “The Zamboanginian Fighter” Torres makes a comeback against rising star Ritu “The Indian Tigress” Phogat.
A product of Catalan Fighting System, Torres made a statement in her debut, submitting Thai Star Rika Ishige. Torres’ further asserted her prowess with two consecutive wins against the promotion’s top talents.
However, Torres’ career was plagued by a four-loss streak with the latest downfall against Hayatun Jihin Radzuan in ONE: MASTERS OF DESTINY last year.
Torres only has one goal in her comeback – to win and redeem herself.
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