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ONE: Zamboanga takes advantage of extra time to prepare vs Seo

By: - Reporter / @BLozadaINQ
/ 09:13 PM June 24, 2021
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Denice Zamboanga. Photo from ONE Championship

MANILA, Philippines—It may have affected her in one way or another, but Denice Zamboanga is looking at the postponement of her fight against Seo Hee Ham as an opportunity to sharpen her skills more.

Zamboanga and Seo’s World Atomweight Grand Prix bout was originally scheduled for May 28 but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


“As a professional, I have to continue training hard. That’s my job. So that when I show up to fight, I can give it my best,” said Zamboanga.

“Thankfully, I have more time to prepare, to sharpen my skills and really zero in on that game plan. Our strategy is going to be key in this fight. I think every fighter is tough and should not be underestimated. This is MMA, and anything can happen in the cage. It will come down to who is better prepared to claim victory.”


Training instead of fighting, however, admittedly affected Zamboanga’s motivation but it has not slowed down her preparations.

Zamboanga is the no.1 contender for Angela Lee’s atomweight title but she was instead thrust into the Grand Prix as the champion needed to spend some time for her pregnancy and subsequent childbirth.

“I’m still focused on the goal. It’s not an easy fight. I can tell you that much. Seo Hee Ham is a dangerous opponent,” said Zamboanga.

With a perfect 6-0 record, Zamboanga earned her no.1 contender status when she defeated former title challenger Mei Yamaguchi in February.

Zamboanga then followed it up with a first round submission of Watsyapinya Kaewkhong six months later.


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