By Jan Carlo Anolin
After an impressive stint in the women’s atomweight division, Denice Zamboanga admitted that the “biggest challenge” awaiting her mixed martial arts career is the future showdown against world champion Angela Lee.
“She (Lee) is one of the people I’ve always watched in MMA, and now I have to compete against her for the world title. It will definitely be a hard one,” Zamboanga said.
“Everything I will show inside the Circle will be a surprise. I want to surprise everyone on fight night.”
Zamboanga, after only winning twice in the promotion, earned the chance to take on Lee after beating Mei Yamaguchi last February.
No less than ONE chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong offered the match right away, leaving “The Menace” in tears.
Zamboanga’s debut win came via unanimous decision against Jihin Radzuan in June last year.
However, the decisive match had to wait with sports, including ONE Championship, on standstill due to COVID-19 pandemic.
“Beating a star like Angela Lee and winning a world title means so much to me,” said the 23-year-old Fairtex fighter, who holds an unscathed 7-0 pro record. “It’s like a dream come true — a win over my idol and a win for the Philippines.”
Lee (10-2), on the other hand, is seeking to become ONE’s first two-division women’s world champion after moving to the strawweight division.