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Zamboanga asserts title shot with win over Grandjean

Denice Zamboanga kept her world title shot intact after scoring a unanimous decision victory in the undercard of ONE 167: Tawanchai vs. Nattawut II at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand Saturday morning.

Zamboanga employed a vicious boxing attack to dominate her resilient short-notice replacement Noelle Grandjean.

Originally slated to face divisional queen Stamp Fairtex in the main event who was forced to withdraw due to a torn meniscus, Zamboanga’s decision to stay active proved wise, as she looked to be in top form against the talented Thai-French athlete.

Zamboanga’s ruthless combination punching was the story of the fight, and despite Grandjean showcasing a granite chin and deep gas tank, Zamboanga cruised to a fast-paced unanimous decision victory.

The Filipina improved her career record to 11-2, extended her winning streak to three, and likely kept her world title shot intact.

Zamboanga earlier said even with the change of opponent, she is hungry to deliver an impressive performance at ONE 167.

“I’m incredibly motivated. This is my chance to prove that I’m ready for a title shot, regardless of the opponent. Every fight is a step towards my ultimate goal, and I’m determined to show that I deserve to be in contention for the belt. “My motivation is higher than ever, and I’m ready to give it my all in the cage,” Zamboanga said.

The Filipina contender also admitted that her training camp has taken an abrupt 180-degree turn – but the change hasn’t shaken her faith.

“The shift in preparation has been significant. Training for Stamp meant focusing heavily on striking and Muay Thai techniques. With Noelle, I’ve had to adjust my game plan to focus more on grappling and takedown defense. It’s a different challenge, but I’m confident in my training and my ability to adapt,” added Zamboanga. NLMonitor

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