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‘Dark horse’ Seo Hee Ham sees KO win over Denice Zamboanga

By: - Reporter / @MarkGiongcoINQ
/ 05:37 PM June 05, 2021
Seo Hee Ham

Korean fighter Seo Hee Ham. ONE CHAMPIONSHIP

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.

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“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.

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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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