Denice Zamboanga begins moving-on process: “My goal hasn’t changed”

By BJPENN.COM Staff - June 1, 2024

Denice Zamboanga chooses to persist in her pursuit of glory despite facing unexpected challenges.

Denice Zamboanga

“The Menace” reports for duty at ONE 167 on Prime Video. This U.S. primetime event emanates live in U.S. primetime from the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand, on June 7.

Zamboanga was initially slated to challenge Stamp Fairtex for the ONE Women’s Atomweight MMA World Championship in the headlining act of the same card.

This bout held immense significance for her as it could have cemented her status as the first Filipina to ever hold a major MMA World Title.

However, fate had other plans as Stamp was forced to withdraw due to a torn meniscus in her left knee just a week and a half ago, temporarily dashing Zamboanga’s dreams.

For the 27-year-old, the unfortunate incident was a poignant reminder of the unpredictability inherent in the sport she loves.

“I am already used to it. We’ve been waiting for this opportunity for so long. Stamp had an injury, which is unfortunate,” she told Tiebreaker Times in an interview.

Since her victory over Mei Yamaguchi in February 2020, Zamboanga has been tirelessly pursuing a shot at 26 pounds of gold.

She overcame numerous detours and obstacles along the way. Yet, despite this, she remains resolute in her ambition.

“My goal hasn’t changed. We shall wait for another opportunity to compete for the championship. In God’s perfect time,” she said.

Denice Zamboanga feels sorry for Stamp Fairtex

The bond between Denice Zamboanga and Stamp Fairtex runs deep, adding an emotional layer to the situation.

As former stablemates at Fairtex Training Center in Pattaya, Thailand, they shared not only a training space but also a close friendship.

“There are no positives in this circumstance. Stamp, in particular, is dealing with an injury,” Zamboanga said. “I want her to recuperate fully, so that she can perform at her best when she returns to training and fighting.”

Fortunately for Zamboanga, the show must go on. Noelle Grandjean stepped up to fill in the void left by Stamp.

While the stakes may be different, Zamboanga approaches this encounter with the same level of dedication and focus.

“At the end of the day, I still want to be a champion,” she said. “That’s why I must win this fight.”

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