‘Dark horse’ Seo Hee Ham sees KO win over Denice Zamboanga
MANILA, Philippines — Seo Hee Ham wants nothing short of a spectacular win in her first foray at ONE Championship.
Brimming with confidence, Seo sees herself making a statement against top-ranked Denice Zamboanga in the Women’s Atomweight World Grand Prix at ONE: Empower.
“She will probably look for a takedown and try to bring the fight to the ground. I don’t really mind fighting anywhere in MMA, so I’m just going to try to make the best of every situation,” Seo said.
“I believe I will knock her out, and that’s the plan. That’s what I want, but of course, I can’t guarantee that. I’m preparing to go the full distance. It has been a long time since my last fight, so I want to enjoy every minute of it.”
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The highly-anticipated tournament was originally scheduled for May 28 at Singapore Indoor Stadium but was pushed back until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Physically and mentally, I feel like I’m in the best shape of my career. I feel strong and ready for my ONE Championship debut. It’s going to be a fun one,” Seo said.
“This is a great tournament and a great opportunity to compete among the best. I have butterflies in my stomach just thinking about it. It’s an honor to be part of the world’s largest martial arts organization, and I can’t wait to experience the Circle.”
The veteran South Korean is upbeat about her chances but also wary of Zamboanga’s abilities.
After all, the explosive Filipino isn’t undefeated for no reason.
“I think she’s a great athlete. She’s very strong and capable. I don’t think she has any real weaknesses. I don’t want to underestimate her,” said Seo (23-8), who is on a six-fight win streak.
“As always, if I work hard and give it my all, I think I can win the whole thing.”
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