Denice, Drex Zamboanga vacation home after training in Thailand for 2 years


A fighter Denice Zamboanga. A championship photo

MANILA, Philippines — The Zamboanga brothers and sisters return to the Philippines after staying and training in Thailand for nearly two years.

Denise, the No.1 competitor in atomic weights, and her older brother Drex flew to Thailand in March 2020, just before the world’s borders were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and decided to there. stay with family friend Fritz Biagtan.

It was in Thailand that the siblings held their camps for their ONE Championship fights.

Zambanga said they would return home on December 1 and spend the holidays with their families.

“Actually, I’m going home on December 1st. I’ll be home in December. The three of us, Kuya Drex, Fritz [Biagtan], we will return to the Philippines to spend Christmas there. I think it’s about time, ”Zamboanga said. “I just want to reset and rejuvenate myself. It has been so long and I miss my family at home. I miss my mom’s home cooked meals, all the street food and all my friends. My older sister is also coming home, so it will be a family reunion.

Zamboanga went 1-1 in both of his fights, first earning a submission victory over Watsyapinya Kaewkhong in August 2020 before losing by split decision to Ham Seo Hee in the Atomic Weights Grand Prix.

Drex, meanwhile, subdued Detchadin Srosirisiphathin in the second round of the bout on August 28, 2020.

Zamboanga added that she would have fought Alyona Rassohyna on December 3, but believed the Ukrainian had withdrawn from the match.

“I accepted this fight and was preparing for it, even though I only had a few weeks to really prepare for it,” Zamboanga said.

“Honestly, I just wanted to fight again, so I could have another one before Christmas. Another victory would have been great. But I think Rassohyna turned down the fight. I have fully recovered from the injuries I suffered in the Seo Hee Ham fight, so I am allowed to compete.

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