Bulgarian brute Sotir Kichukov vowed to duke it out with Team Lakay’s Danny Kingad in the undercard of ONE: Visions of Victory at Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur Friday.
Kichukov accepted the fight on short notice after Kingad’s original opponent, Malaysia’s Gianni Subba, was elevated to the main event to face Fil-Aussie Reece McLaren.
“The short notice is not a problem to me. I am always ready to compete. I train all year round, and being a martial artist is in my blood,” Kichukov said. “Fighting Danny Kingad, I have no predictions. All I know is I am strong and ready, and because of this, I hope my opponent is ready too.”
Kichukov believes he presents a formidable challenge to Kingad, who looks to regain some much-needed momentum after suffering his first career defeat at the hands of flyweight champion Adriano Moraes in November.
Kichukov, 27, is a certified finisher with a killer instinct, with 77% of his career victories coming by spectacular finish.
However, he recently suffered a defeat to Chinese prospect Ma Hao Bin last January.
“It’s back to square one for me, but I am still in high spirits. This bout might act as my doorway to new and greater things in my professional career. Surely, I am not losing hope,” he stressed.
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