MMA: Stranded in Thailand, Denice Zamboanga keeps focus on planned title bout


Posted at Jun 11 2020 08:55 PM

Top female atomweight contender Denice Zamboanga is making the most of her time in Pattaya, Thailand after travel restrictions have stopped her from flying back to the Philippines.

Zamboanga, 23, saw this as an opportunity to train more with Team Fairtex and prepare herself for her ONE atomweight title bout against reigning champion Angela Lee of Singapore.

"This pandemic hasn't stopped me from training hard. I never stopped training and I'm working towards my goals,” said Zamboanga. 

“I train every day because you never know when it will be time to step inside the circle again and prove yourself. I have to stay ready."

Zamboanga earned herself a title fight via a dominant unanimous decision over Japan's Mei Yamaguchi in February. 

Though experts point to Lee’s stand-up game as her biggest weakness and one that Zamboanga could exploit, Lee has shown great improvement in this area in recent bouts. 

"Obviously, Angela's wrestling and grappling are her greatest strengths. But her striking is good, too. I don't consider striking as her weakness. I think she's a very well-rounded fighter," said Zamboanga.

"At this level, I don't think it's smart to underestimate anybody, especially a fighter as talented as Angela. I'm going into this expecting the best version of Angela Lee possible.”

Although details of the bout have yet to be revealed, Zamboanga fully expects news to hit soon after the situation with COVID-19 eases and ONE Championship is able to resume holding its events.

"I don't think (fighting Lee) is going to be easy at all. It's probably going to be the toughest fight of my career. I'm looking forward to the challenge and being pushed to my limit. It's going to be a great fight. We're going to put on the fight of the year,” Zamboanga said.

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