Kingad has good chance for title shot, says Eustaquio 

Published January 7, 2021, 2:01 PM

by Carlo Anolin

Photo from ONE Championship

Team Lakay’s Geje Eustaquio is willing to make way for his flyweight junior Danny Kingad for a possible title shot this year.

Eustaquio, a former flyweight titleholder, believes that Kingad has a better chance of earning a crack at the belt as Team Lakay prepares for another tough road in 2021.

“My wish is for Danny to take the title this year. He has a good chance at earning another shot at the belt,” said Eustaquio. “The kid is seriously talented and very strong.”

Kingad, the current No. 2 flyweight contender, has won seven of his last fights since 2018, only losing to ONE flyweight grand prix champion and former UFC veteran Demetrious Johnson last October 2019.

He emerged victorious in his latest bout with Chinese opponent Wei Xie in ONE: Fire & Fury in January last year to improve at 14-2 record.

The man nicknamed “The King” was supposedly set for a comeback last month against Kairat Akhmetov of Kazakhstan but a cornerman from Team Lakay tested positive for COVID-19, prompting ONE Championship to postpone the fight.

Regardless, Eustaquio is firm that Kingad will be a difficult matchup for anyone now that he’s in his prime.

“He’s consistently growing. He’s not the same fighter who fought Adriano [Moraes] and DJ the first time,” added Eustaquio.

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As for the former champion himself, Eustaquio wants nothing but to be back on ONE Championship’s flyweight picture.

“I’m working very hard to put myself in a position to compete at the highest level. My victory last year was a good start, and now I have to build on that,” said the 31-year-old Eustaquio, who recently defeated Korean foe Song Min Jong in ONE: Inside the Matrix III last November to climb at 14-8 record.

“This is going to be a busy year for the team. Everyone wants to get better and we want to make a big statement in the Circle.”