By Ernest Hernandez
Danny Kingad of Team Lakay will be in for the biggest fight of his life when he faces reigning One Championship Flyweight titleholder Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes at “ONE Championship: Legends of the World” on November 10 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.
The 20-year-old fighter from Baguio boasts an unblemished record and admitted he did not expect to get a title shot this early in his career.
“After my two matches, I just prepared for my next fight. Nasa isip ko talaga meron pang ibang laban kaya train lang ako ng train,” said Kingad.
One thing working for Kingad is that he is in good company. Geje Eustaquio previously faced Moraes in Cambodia back in 2014 and his stablemate is guiding and giving him some pointers.
“The advice that I gave to Danny is that Adriano is a hit-and-run fighter, he always want to keep the fight on a distance kasi gusto niya gamitin yung kanyang reach,” said Eustaquio. “I believe that Danny will close the distance and implement the right game plan.”
After Eustaquio, Moraes was able to defend his title one more time before bowing to Kairat Akhmetov via split decision. Moraes avenged that loss, hacking out a unanimous decision win over his previous conqueror last August.
Their meeting at “ONE Championship: Legends of the World” will be the first title-defense of Moraes since reclaiming the Flyweight title. He is not taking Kingad lightly.
“He is very tough,” said Moraes. “If he gained the opportunity to fight for the belt it is because he deserved it. He is a humble boy and I’m ready to give him my best.”
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