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ONE reviews controversial verdict of Zamboanga-Ham bout

Delfin Dioquino
ONE reviews controversial verdict of Zamboanga-Ham bout

ADAMANT. Denice Zamboanga insists she won over Seo Hee Ham.

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Filipina Denice Zamboanga suffers her first loss in ONE Championship following a contentious split decision defeat to Korean Seo Hee Ham

ONE Championship has heeded the request of Filipina Denice Zamboanga to review the controversial decision of her Atomweight Grand Prix quarterfinal bout against Korean Seo Hee Ham.

Zamboanga bowed out of the Grand Prix as she suffered a split decision loss to Ham in the all-women ONE: Empower card on Friday, September 3, despite imposing her will with her grappling.

“The fight between Denice Zamboanga and Seo Hee Ham is under formal review by the competition committee,” ONE chief executive officer Chatri Sityodtong announced on Facebook on Sunday, September 5.

It was the first professional loss for Zamboanga, who won her first eight bouts, including a 3-0 start in ONE.

Two of the three judges scored the fight in favor of Ham, but Zamboanga insisted she won in all facets.

“I outwrestled her, outgrappled her, took her down, and beat on her. I made her miss and punished her with sharp counters all night,” Zamboanga wrote on Instagram.

“I respectfully request ONE to review the result, for the sake of the integrity of the Grand Prix.”

Foreign and local fans also rallied behind Zamboanga, believing the top-ranked Filipina should have won via unanimous decision.

Their sentiments did not fall on deaf ears.

Prior to his announcement on Sunday, Sityodtong said he disagreed with the judges’ decision on the Zamboanga-Ham tussle.

Sityodtong added he wants Zamboanga to finally face ONE atomweight champion Angela Lee after their potential bout last year got pushed back as the Canadian-American got pregnant. – Rappler.com

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Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.