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Kingad ends 14 month lay off with win

THE KING RETURNS. Danny Kingad during his fight against Eko Roni Sautra last February 25. ONE Championship photo

Team Lakay’s Danny Kingad staved off 14 months of rust as he ended the seven game winning streak of an Indonesian fighter in a high-stakes flyweight mixed martial arts contest in the ONE Championship last Friday.

In his first fight since losing to former world flyweight king Kairat Akhmetov, Kingad was impressive from the get go as he gave Eko Roni Saputra a schooling at Bangkok’s Lumrinee Boxing Stadium in the undercard of the ONE Fight Night 7.

Kingad matched Saputra in the first round, strike per strike, but found his groove in the second canto and gave the Indon flurries of punches and precise strike to win the game via unanimous decision.

The win saw the number three ranked Kingad improve to 15-3 win-loss slate.

“We still don’t know, but nothing is set yet for Danny,” said winning coachg Mark Sangiao, who saw his ward unable to compete in December 3 last year during ONE’s debut in Manila after nearly three years of absence due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Kingad’s stock definitely improved as he eyes the bely once worn by fellow Team Lakay member Geje Eustaquio now held by the Mighty Mouse, Demtrius Johnson, who wrested it from Brazilian Adriano Moraes, two of the fighters he lost to, aside from Akhmetov, also a former fly chamion, in December 17 of 2019.

“I am always ready and whoever (ONE) decides which fighter I should face,” said Kingad after the fight. Pigeon Lobien

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