Denice “The Menace Fairtex” Zamboanga, 22, of the Philippines wants to be included in the fight card of “ONE: No Surrender.” Taking place in Bangkok, Thailand on July 31, 2020, it marks the first ONE Championship flagship event after the new coronavirus (COVID-19) break.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, only fighters who are currently in Thailand will compete at “ONE: No Surrender.” It will feature three spectacular ONE Super Series contests with reigning ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion Rodtang “The Iron Man” Jitmuangnon defending his title against Petchdam “The Baby Shark” Petchyindee Academy in the main event.
Mixed martial arts bouts on the card have yet to be announced and Zamboanga, who is currently in Thailand, is eyeing inclusion. In her most recent bout, she earned a shot at the ONE Women’s Atomweight World Championship currently held by “Unstopabble” Angela Lee, 23, of Singapore.
Zamboanga would rather stay busy than wait explicitly for her bout against Lee, which most likely will not materialize until the COVID-19 pandemic is over. The undefeated Filipino MMA fighter said, “Obviously, the travel situation is very hard right now with so many restrictions in different countries.”
“I understand it has been difficult to nail the logistics but if Angela can’t come out to play yet, then I want to stay sharp and compete,” Zamboanga continued. “I would love to be on the Bangkok card if possible.”
One possible “ONE: No Surrender” opponent for Zamboanga is her friend Stamp Fairtex, 22, of Thailand. They are both training out of Fairtex Training Center in Pattaya, Thailand.
Zamboanga had been training in Thailand since country lockdowns were imposed. She is accompanied by her older brother Drex “T-Rex” Zamboanga, 29, the reigning URCC Global Bantamweight World Champion.
Denice was in training when COVID-19 hit but instead of opting to take a repatriation flight back to the Philippines, she chose to wait it out in Thailand to further sharpen her skills. She shared, “You know I’ve been training here in Thailand for quite some time now during this whole lockdown period.”
“I started just training with my brother during quarantine and it’s been great,” Denice continued. “I’m lucky I have the full support of my family and that I’m surrounded by people I can trust. I’m just working hard everyday and I can’t wait to get back in the circle and compete. It’s what I love to do.”
Holding a professional MMA record of 7 wins and 0 loss, Zamboanga is currently ranked as the number one contender in ONE Championship’s women’s atomweight division. Stamp competes not only in this division as an MMA fighter but also in Muay Thai and kickboxing matches under ONE Super Series.
As an MMA fighter, Stamp holds a professional record of 4 wins and 0 loss. She defeated her first three opponents in ONE Championship namely Asha Roka, Bi Nguyen and Puja Tomar.