Bulgarian brute Sotir Kichukov will step inside the ONE Championship cage for the second time this 2018 as he is set to face former flyweight world title challenger Danny “The King” Kingad on March 9, 2018. They are booked to square off against each other on the undercard of “ONE: Visions of Victory,” which takes place at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
“Fighting Danny Kingad, I have no predictions,” Kichukov said. “All I know is I am strong and ready, and because of this, I hope my opponent is ready too.”
Kingad was originally scheduled to lock horns with Malaysia’s Gianni Subba on the aforementioned card. However, the latter was called up to the main event to face Reece McLaren after Adriano Moraes withdrew from his defense of his flyweight crown against the Filipino-Australian dynamo.
ONE Championship found a late replacement in Kichukov, who accepted the offer to duke it out with Kingad at “ONE: Visions of Victory.” Although he only got the call to fill in for the vacant spot on the card in less than two weeks before the event, Kichukov assured that he is more than prepared to battle a highly-touted flyweight talent like Kingad.
“The short notice is not a problem to me,” Kichukov said. “I am always ready to compete. I train all year round, and being a martial artist is in my blood.”
Kichukov believes that he presents a formidable challenge to Kingad. The latter looks to regain some much-needed momentum after suffering his first career defeat at the hands of Moraes in November 2017.
“I know I am going to get him,” Kichukov said of Kingad. “I do not know when, and I do not know which round. But I am going to get him.”
Kichukov is a former Max Fight bantamweight titleholder. He is one of the most durable and versatile athletes in the weight class.
Watch a clip from Kichukov and Ma’s bout at “ONE: Global Superheroes” here: