Danny “The King” Kingad will bank on his youth as he targets the biggest win of his young career.
At age 23, “The King” is 10 years the junior of his American foe, and he believes that will work in his favor.
“I am young, strong, and really motivated to win. I have character and that’s what I’m bringing to this match against Johnson,” Kingad said.
“My focus is different for this match. I’m not just doubling my effort, I’m tripling it. I respect Johnson because I know the experience he brings to the table — and he’s one of the greatest of all time.”
While experience easily favors Johnson entering this bout, the youthful Filipino is no stranger to big matches.
However, even Kingad admits that the stakes are a lot higher this time around. But instead of crumbling under the pressure, it only fires him up.
“I’m really motivated to win this match. A lot of things are at stake and you can see that when we train,” Kingad shared.
“It’s been two years since I started climbing the flyweight ladder, and this is the final test for me. Also, I want to be the first Asian to beat DJ.”
For him to do that, he has to stick to the cards that he has now — good old discipline and natural training grounds.
“Discipline is very important, particularly heading into this match,” Kingad said. “For me, training here in the mountains of Baguio is huge. It has played a big role in my victories in the past.
“The high altitude and tough terrains are the best environments for athletes. I know it will be big against Johnson.”
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