There is no stopping former ONE Flyweight World Title Challenger Danny “The King” Kingad from achieving his goals.
While becoming the ONE Flyweight World Champion could take a little longer than expected, his dreams to further his education are within his reach.
“It’s tough to balance my time between studies and competing in ONE because both of them need your attention. It’s not a joke to study and memorize your lessons while also training and sparring in the gym,” Kingad said.
“But I took it as a challenge. I dedicated myself to succeeding. That’s why even though it is tough, I give my 100 percent as much as I can.”
Kingad is earning his Bachelor Of Secondary Education at the University Of The Cordilleras, and COVID-19 has made things even more challenging.
With schools shutting down, students and professors alike are forced to take the classes online. But it’s something that Kingad sees as an advantage.
“Now I have all the time to focus on my studies as we’re in quarantine the past few months. I still workout at home though, because I want to finish my studies and continue to improve as an athlete,” Kingad said.
“I am happy because I am going to finish it in less than three months’ time. It’s no joke, but with discipline and sacrifice, I was able to pull-off being an athlete and a student.”
The 24-year-old hopes to show young athletes that they don’t need to choose between being a mixed martial arts superstar and pursuing their studies.
“It’s all about the eagerness to get what you truly want,” Kingad said.
“That’s what I think about everyday, every time I go to school, every time I train. Like my journey in ONE, there are obstacles and failures, but I know that it will only make me better in the future.”
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