WITH her ultimate goal of becoming a strawweight champion, unbeaten female prospect Denice Zamboanga won’t take any chances against Thai judo champion Watsapinya Kaewkhong in one of the undercard bouts of ONE Championship: “A New Breed,” Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, in Bangkok, Thailand.
“I took this fight because I want to stay active, especially now that national borders are still closed. I grabbed the opportunity to fight in Thailand, since I’m already here. I’m not underestimating my opponent (Kaewkhong) at all. At this level, every opponent is top notch. Once everything goes back to normal, I know I will meet Angela Lee at some point. We’ve trained very hard. Our conditioning is great. We have a great game plan heading into this matchup,” said Denice in a recent media Zoom session.
The 24-year-old Denice is rising up the strawweight ranks and she established herself as a future contender following a huge unanimous decision win over veteran Mei Yamaguchi on Feb. 28, 2020.
Kaewkhong is making her pro MMA debut against Denice. However, she’s an experienced judo practitioner and a Muay Thai fighter with a 46-12 record.
On the other hand, Denice’s older brother, Drex, is also fighting on the same event.
Drex, the URCC bantamweight champion, is making his ONE Championship debut against Thai Detchadin Sornsirisuphatin.
“Everything has gone good so far here in Thailand. Even if we went on lockdown, we still got some good quality training in. We’re blessed to have the support of the Filipino people, and our Thai friends here. I’m glad to be in ONE Championship, making my debut. I’m happy and this is the first time me and Denice will be on a huge card together,” he said.
Drex won the URCC bantamweight belt more than a year ago after a third round stoppage over Seung Hyun Cho.
Sornsirisuphatin is also fighting in the ONE Championship for the first time. He’s a product of ONE Championship’s developmental league, ONE Warrior Series, wherein he went 2-2. He’s coming off a technical knockout defeat in the hands of Dawon Jung.
Also slated to see action in the same card is Fil-Am Muay Thai veteran KC Carlos.
Carlos (17-12-1), a Chalong Boxing Stadium champion, is up against Wondergirl Fairtex (33-16-2) in a Muay Thai match. / EKA