Sunday August 19, 2018

Kingad completes ‘Pinnacle of Power’ Macau fight card

BAGUIO. After losing to his first title match last year, Danny Kingad hopes to score another victory in ONE Championship when he takes on Ma Hao Bin on June 23 in the undercard of “Pinnacle of Power.” (ONE championship photo)

THE road to getting back to title contention for Danny Kingad resumes on June 23 when he returns to the ONE Championship Cage anew.

Kingad will join fellow Team Lakay fighters Geje Eustaquio and Edward Kelly in the main card of One’s “Pinnacle of Power” set at the Studio City Event Center in Macau, China.

A premier flyweight talent, Kingad is a wushu champion with a professional record of 9-1. A true warrior from the mountains of the Philippines, the 22-year-old is a tremendous striker who possesses well-rounded grappling skills.

In November 2017, Kingad challenged reigning ONE flyweight world Champion adriano Moraes, and fell short in his quest of capturing the world title.

In his next bout, “The King” moved forward by defeating Bulgarian martial artist Sotir Kichukov via unanimous decision.

And on 23 June, Kingad will be tested by Ma Hao Bin.

Ma, a Chinese national freestyle wrestling champion, made his professional debut in January 2016, where he defeated Wu Ting Shen and Bu Huo You Ga.

Since then, the 24-year-old has strung together an impressive 11-2 professional record, which includes four wins by submission and two by knockout.

The event will be bannered by reigning ONE women’s strawweight world champion Xiong Jing Nan of China making the first defense of her world title against Laura Balin of Argentina.

In the co-main event, reigning ONE flyweight world champion Adriano Moraes of Brazil faces interim flyweight world champion Eustaquio in a flyweight title unification bout.

Chatri Sityodtong, chairman and CEO of ONE said the promotion is thrilled to be coming back to Macau.

“We are excited to host an amazing show at the Studio City Event Center. The entertainment capital of Asia is home to ONE Championship’s most compelling contests, and on 23 June we have an electric card for all martial arts fans. In addition to two blockbuster world title bouts at the top of the card, we have a series of exciting showdowns planned all throughout the night. It’s going to be an incredible evening of action that fans will surely not want to miss,” Sityodtong adds.

Kelly meanwhile will have a tough task ahead as he takes on former ONE featherweight world champion Narantungalag Jadambaa.

At 12 wins and five losses, Jadambaa has faced the biggest names in the sport, and holds notable wins over Adrian Pang, Honorio Banario, and Eric Kelly. A winner of two of his last three bouts, the 42-year-old is making his highly-anticipated return at ONE.

Kelly on the other hand has won four of his last five bouts, all by spectacular finish.

In his most recent outing, Kelly shocked the world with a 21-second knockout of Meas Meul, the fastest in ONE featherweight history. (Roderick Osis)