The long-awaited fight between Danny Kingad and Kairat Akhmetov is finally happening at ONE: Winter Warriors II on December 17, 2021. It is a fight that got canceled on two separate occasions but apparently, the third time’s the charm.
Speaking to ONE Championship about the fight, Kingad said that he is happy that the fight is finally happening.
“It’s been years. I’ve been wanting to face him for a long time. Unfortunately, our match got canceled twice. Now, it’s a different kind of excitement for me. I’m facing someone I’ve always wanted to face,” he said.
The Team Lakay star will be hoping to get back into the title scene with a win over Akhmetov but defeating ‘The Kazakh’ is easier said than done. During his interview with ONE Championship, Akhmetov made his intentions clear and noted that he will be looking to stand up and strike with Kingad.
“I noticed that his striking has been improving. I watched his last fight, and I got really excited because his improvement really impressed me. He’s also said that he wants to strike with me, so I’m really motivated by that. I hope he knows that he’s facing a deadly striker. Maybe I’ll give him problems when we box. If he truly decides to strike with me, then he’s basically playing my game. That’s the match that I want, so I hope he knows what he wants,” Kingad reacted.
Though he is confident, The Filipino MMA star added that he does not want to make any proclamations.
“I’m really not into saying or proclaiming things. I’m not a fan of people saying, ‘I’ll beat this guy,’ or whatnot because, in each match, your opponent is also preparing hard for you. Let’s just say I’m not afraid of him,” he concluded.
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