Filipino prospect Danny Kingad is feeling confident ahead of his three-round flyweight encounter with division newcomer Muhammad Aiman.
Both men are scheduled to face each other on the undercard of ONE: Kings of Destiny at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Manila on 21 April.
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Kingad sees his flyweight meeting with Aiman as the perfect platform to elevate him in the rankings of the division. But Aiman, a former Malaysian Invasion Mixed Martial Arts (MIMMA) featherweight titleholder with an amateur record of 7-1, is no walk in the park.
Aiman is currently riding a two-fight win streak, defeating Hisyam Samsudin by unanimous decision in his first match inside the ONE Championship cage while stopping Brazilian grappler Eduardo Novaes in his most recent outing.
“He had a great run in the amateur ranks as most of his wins came by submission,” Kingad said.
“He has won two-straight fights as a featherweight. Now, he moves down to flyweight. It’s the perfect match-up if I want to climb the ladder of the flyweight division.”
The 21-year-old Baguio City native describes his marquee match-up against Aiman as the right preparation for big bouts as he yearns to dance with the flyweight bracket’s notable names.
“In order to be the best flyweight in Asia, you have to face the best out there. Of course, I want to fight the big names of the division. Before I reach that level, I have to deal with my opponent on 21 April.
“He’s a remarkable fighter and always honing his craft. This is a good bout to prepare me for the big fights in the future,” Kingad stated.
ONE’s flyweight division is arguable its most exciting with the likes of Kairat Akhmetov, Adriano Moraes and Gianni Subba all vying for the flyweight belt.
However, Kingad says he is in no hurry and would rather take the long road to a championship crack than prematurely vie for the gold-plated strap.
“I’m racing to perfection in this sport. Every martial artist should have the sense of growth. This sport is consistently evolving, and every fighter should adapt to changes and improve their overall game,” he said.
Although Aiman may pose a threat to Kingad’s emergent stature in the weight class, the latter leans on the learning from the forthcoming showdown as it can benefit his maturity as a prizefighter.
“I don’t want to rush things. There’s always a right moment. Every fight is a lesson. We, as fighters, gain valuable knowledge every time we train and step into the cage,” he stressed.
Kingad remains optimistic that the ONE Flyweight World Championship belt will be fastened around his waist someday.
“I am a fighter who always wishes to give you the best entertainment and the best show you will ever see inside the cage. I just want to savor each moment. That belt will be mine in God’s time.”