Kingad faces Saputra in ONE Fight Night 7 undercard

FORMER title challenger Danny Kingad comes out of a long layoff and Indonesian standout Eko Roni Saputra in the undercard of “ONE Fight Night 7: Linker vs. Andrade” on Feb. 25 at the Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand.

Kingad hasn’t fought since losing to ex-ONE flyweight champion Kairat Akhmetov in 2021. Despite the long layoff, Kingad is still in the running for a shot at the ONE flyweight belt, which currently is around the waist of former foe Demetrious Johnson.

The 27-year-old Kingad is one of the elite names of Team Lakay. He has beaten the likes of world-ranked fighters Fil-Aussie Reece McLaren and Chinese Xie Wei. He has also fought but lost to the likes of Johnson, former ONE flyweight champion Adriano Moraes and Akhmetov.

Kingad fought Moraes for the ONE flyweight strap but lost by a first round rear-naked choke in 2017. He faced Johnson in the finals of the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix and lost by unanimous decision in 2019.

After losing his ONE debut to Niko Soe via a first round knockout, the 31-year-old Saputra is now on a roll, winning his last seven fights. He had a fruitful 2022 with impressive submission wins over Chan Rothana and Yodkaikaew Fairtex.

Kingad is 14-3, while Saputra is 7-1.

The main event of ONE Fight Night 7 is a ONE bantamweight title rematch between John Lineker (35-9) and Fabricio Andrade (8-2).

The first meeting of Lineker and Andrade ended in a no decision. Lineker couldn’t continue after he was hit by an accidental groin strike by Andrade.

One the other hand, Tawanchai PK.Saenchai (128-31-2) defends his ONE featherweight Muay Thai belt against No. 2 contender Jamal Yusopov (54-9) in the co-main event. (EKA)