Danny Kingad Sees Tang Kai Coronation At ONE 160

Danny Kingad was always considered one of the most technical fighters in the famed Team Lakay gym, and that tactical know-how extends beyond the Circle.

The no.4-ranked flyweight contender gave his bold prediction for the electrifying matchup between ONE Featherweight World Champion Thanh Le and no.1-ranked contender Tang Kai at ONE 160: Ok vs. Lee II on August 26, Singapore time, at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Kingad, in an interview with ONE Championship, believes Tang is more than capable of wresting the gold away from Le in the matchup between the two striking masters.

“It’s gonna be a striker vs striker battle. Thanh Le has a taekwondo background while Tang Kai is coming from a wushu background. This will be a great battle between two great strikers. I think Tang Kai will win, he’s more complete with his punches and kicks.”

The former flyweight world title challenger stressed that one area Tang can capitalize on is wrestling. Kingad saw closely how the Chinese star was able to subdue his Team Lakay stablemate Edward Kelly when the two clashed at ONE: Age of Dragons in November 2019.

Tang, who holds four knockout wins in ONE Championship, used his grappling to neutralize Kelly and eventually took a dominant unanimous decision win in front of his home fans in Beijing, China.

“When Edward Kelly faced Tang Kai, Tang utilized his wrestling to score points and kept the pressure on him. So I wouldn’t be surprised if he uses it,” said Kingad.

Make no mistake, though, Tang is still a striker at heart and Kingad believes the Sunkin International Fight Club fighter is a better fighter on the feet than Le.

Tang is on a three-knockout streak taking first-round wins over Ryogo Takahashi, Yoon Chang Min, and former no.1 contender Kim Jae Woong.

“He [Tang Kai] has better striking, he has loaded punches and kicks. I think his footwork and kicks will be the difference but we can’t really say, in this case, whoever lands first could end the night for the other,” said Kingad.

Although Kingad’s not scheduled for a fight soon, he’s still keeping a close watch at ONE 160 and ONE Fight Night 1: Moraes vs. Johnson II in the final weekend of August.

ONE Fight Night 1 will play out on the morning of August 27, Manila time, at the Singapore Indoor Stadium and fans can purchase their tickets at https://ticketmaster.sg/activity/detail/22_one161.

Author: Robert Belen

Robert Belen is a long-time combat sports writer for dSource Boxing. An avid sports fan, he knows no fear nor partiality in his reporting. If you have a problem with him, tell it to his face. (We bid you not.) You can follow him on Twitter @robertbelen

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