June 5, 2023

Mixed martial artist Denice Zamboanga, currently the most active Filipino female fighter, said she is ready to face Meng Bo of China anytime ONE Championship calls for the two fighters to meet inside the circle.
Fresh from training in Bangkok, Thailand where she has been honing her skills since the pandemic lockdowns took effect in early 2020, Zamboanga took the time out of her busy schedule to fire back at Bo, who recently had some impactful words for the Filipino fighter.
Taking aim at Zamboanga, the Chinese fighter claimed she can finish her within two rounds should they meet in the circle.
Zamboanga is the top-ranked female atomweight followed by Meng, with Angela Lee as the reigning champion but currently on leave.
“If we were in the ring together, without a shadow of doubt, I would beat her (Zamboanga) up and take her spot as the top-ranked atomweight in the division,” Meng was quoted as telling the media.
“I think my stand-up fighting techniques will be enough to give me the victory. I’m pretty confident that I can finish Denice with a flurry of punches and knock her out within two rounds.”
Zamboanga obviously did not take the comments lightly, and the 24-year-old rising star immediately clapped back with full bravado.
“I’d like to see her try, let’s see what happens. Meng likes to talk a lot. But talking doesn’t win you fights. She’s just asking to be humbled,” Zamboanga said.
Zamboanga and Meng are expected to be participants in the eight-woman ONE atomweight world Grand Prix set to take place later this year, and both could meet in the tournament should they advance through the brackets. 
ONE Championship Chair Chatri Sit-yodtong announced late last year the winner of the tournament will go on to challenge Lee when she returns from maternity leave. – Harley F. Palangchao