ONE Championship chief Chatri Sityodtong believes that Denice Zamboanga won the quarterfinals bout against South Korean foe Seo Hee Ham in a close atomweight grand prix match in ONE: Empower at the Singapore Indoor Stadium Friday night, Sept. 3.
In a Facebook post Saturday, Sept. 4, Sityodtong gave his takeaway from the historic all-female card including the controversial Zamboanga-Seo bout, with many fans and experts saying that the Filipina should have emerged victorious via unanimous decision.
Zamboanga suffered the first loss of her career in a split decision call. She now has eight wins.
But Sityodtong also said he understood why the judges decided to give Seo the victory.
“I thought Denice Zamboanga (8-1) edged out Seo Hee Ham (24-8) for the victory in a super close fight. While I disagree with the judges on this one, I can understand why they scored the bout for Ham,” said Sityodtong.
“It was a very close fight with Ham landing the cleaner, heavier punches with damage and Denice controlling the cage work, takedowns, and ground action. Despite the loss, I definitely want to see Denice vs Angela for the world title!”
That said, the 24-year-old Zamboanga would have to wait a little longer before challenging the atomweight queen Lee.
The grand prix winner gets a direct shot at the world atomweight title which is likely to be set early next year.