Filipina Denice Zamboanga to make ONE Championship debut at ONE: MARK OF GREATNESS in Kuala Lumpur

ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 19, 2019 10:23 AM
Filipina Denice Zamboanga to make ONE debut in Kuala Lumpur
Undefeated Filipina Denice Zamboanga makes her ONE debut at ONE: MARK OF GREATNESS in Kuala Lumpur (Photo courtesy of Denice Zamboanga on Instagram: @denicezamboanga)

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA -  The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), has just announced ONE: MARK OF GREATNESS, set for the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Friday, 6 December. Once again, the absolute best in world-class martial arts talent will descend upon the ONE Circle to showcase their skills. 

Representing the Philippines in Malaysia will be Filipina Denice Zamboanga, who will be making her ONE Championship debut. She faces hometown bet Jihin "ShadowCat" Radzuan in a Women's Atomweight contest. 

Zamboanga, is a rising star in the Philippines and she comes from a family of martial artists. She now joins the world’s best talent to showcase her skills on the biggest global stage for martial arts competition. Zamboanga won’t have an easy go in her promotional debut, however, as Radzuan is one of the top competitors in the women’s atomweight division.

Radzuan is one of the finest female martial artists to emerge from Malaysia, having competed in various disciplines such as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, wushu, kickboxing, and boxing. She made her professional mixed martial arts debut in 2017 and since then, she has impressed with her well-rounded style. Along the way, Radzuan has defeated top talents including Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol and former ONE World Title challenger Jenny Huang.

In the main event, Alaverdi “Babyface Killer” Ramazanov of Russia will face “Muay Thai Boy” Zhang Chenglong of China for the inaugural ONE Bantamweight Kickboxing World Championship.

Ramazanov is a three-time IFMA World Champion from Dagestan, Russia, which is known for producing elite-level combat sports athletes. He made his ring debut once he turned 18 years old and has since put together an excellent record by winning almost all of his bouts to date. Training full-time at the prestigious Venum Training Camp in Thailand, Ramazanov now competes alongside the world’s best strikers in ONE Super Series. After a string of impressive victories, he has earned a shot at ONE Championship gold.

Ramazanov’s opponent, Zhang Chenglong, is a Top King Muay Thai World Champion who began training in sanda and Muay Thai from the age of 12. By the time he was 19 years old, Zhang had already built up a wealth of experience, having faced superstars like Longchai, Kiatpetch, and Singdam Kiatmoo9 in the ring. Now on an undefeated run in ONE Super Series, he challenges for the inaugural ONE Bantamweight Kickboxing World Title in the Malaysian capital.

In the co-main event, Sam-A Gaiyanghadao of Thailand will take on “Golden Boy” Wang Junguang of China for the inaugural ONE Strawweight Kickboxing World Championship.

Sam-A is known as one of the very best Muay Thai competitors of all time. Over the course of a stellar 25-year career spanning more than 400 bouts, he has captured Muay Thai World Titles across several weight classes. Sam-A joined ONE Super Series in 2018, and he became the inaugural ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion. Now, he aims to make history once again by facing Junguang for the inaugural ONE Strawweight Kickboxing World Title.

Junguang is an Enfusion Kickboxing World Champion. He employs a boxing-heavy style and is relentless on the attack, mixing strikes to the head and body effectively. He recently joined ONE Super Series and is now testing himself in the world’s largest martial arts organization. After an impressive first-round victory over Federico Roma, Junguang has earned a shot at glory.

Several other exciting matches have been confirmed for ONE Championship’s return to the Malaysian capital.

Former ONE World Title challengers Agilan “Alligator” Thani of Malaysia and Mohammad “O Lutador” Karaki of Lebanon will square off in a welterweight contest. 

The 24-year-old Thani is one of the finest martial arts athletes ever produced by Malaysia. Ever since making his debut in the Circle, the man called “Alligator” has torn through the competition. Thani, who captured a Malaysian national championship as an amateur, won his first seven professional matches to earn a crack at the ONE Welterweight World Championship. He looks to break back into the World Title picture with big win in his hometown.

Karaki, on the other hand, is a two-division Desert Force Champion who has a black belt in Shotokan Karate and a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Also, he has reached the podium in several major Middle Eastern tournaments. Karaki brings a dominant ground game and powerful striking to the table, as well as an exciting style that has seen him finish almost all of his opponents to date. After finding tremendous success in both the middleweight and light heavyweight divisions, Karaki moves down one more weight class and starts his march towards the ONE Welterweight World Title.

In a flyweight contest, former ONE World Title challenger Reece “Lightning” McLaren of Australia will lock horns with India’s Gurdarshan “Saint Lion” Mangat.

McLaren is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and a former Eternal MMA and XFL Bantamweight Champion. He is an absolute menace on the mat, evidenced by the incredible skills he has shown in submission victories so far in his ONE Championship career. McLaren’s most notable wins have come over Mark Striegl, Muin Gafurov, and Gianni Subba.

Mangat, similarly, has impressed in his run so far as a professional. He is the child of Indian immigrants who grew up in a small town in Canada. Inspired by ONE Vice President Rich Franklin, Mangat pursued a career in martial arts. His journey has led him to the bright lights of ONE Championship. He joined the promotion in March this year, and has since posted two stellar victories over solid opponents.

ONE: MARK OF GREATNESS features a mix of compelling mixed martial arts and ONE Super Series striking contests.

Ryuto “Dragon Boy” Sawada of Japan will take on undefeated Bokang Masunyane of South Africa in a strawweight bout. Former MIMMA Featherweight Champion Muhammad “Jungle Cat” Aiman of Malaysia battles ONE Jakarta Bantamweight Tournament Champion Chen Rui of China in a bantamweight showdown. Four-time Chin State Wrestling Champion Tial “The Dragon Leg” Thang goes head-to-head with ONE Championship newcomer Kim Woon Kyoum of Korea at bantamweight. Impressive South Korean “The Big Heart” Yoon Chang Min takes on multiple-time Muay Thai World Champion Fabio Pinca of France in a featherweight clash. Last but not least, Cambodian mixed martial arts prospect Savannah Em will see action against Rayane Bastos of Brazil in a women’s flyweight contest.

In a pair of striking only bouts, Superkombat Super Cruiserweight World Champion Andrei “Mister KO” Stoica of Romania trades heavy artillery with Brazilian National Kickboxing Champion Anderson “Braddock” Silva of Brazil in a kickboxing matchup, while European Kickboxing champion Rui Botelho faces Japan’s Taiki Naito in a Muay Thai contest.



Friday, 6 December 2019

Axiata Arena, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Main Event

ONE Bantamweight Kickboxing World Championship

Alaverdi Ramazanov vs Zhang Chenglong 

Kickboxing: 65.8kg


Co-Main Event

ONE Strawweight Kickboxing World Championship 

Sam-A Gaiyanghadao vs Wang Junguang

Kickboxing: 56.7kg


Jihin Radzuan vs Denice Zamboanga

Mixed Martial Arts: 52.2kg


Agilan Thani vs Mohammad Karaki

Mixed Martial Arts: 83.9kg


Gurdarshan Mangat vs Reece McLaren

Mixed Martial Arts: 61.2kg


Ryuto Sawada vs Bokang Masunyane

Mixed Martial Arts: 56.7kg


Andre Stoica vs Anderson Silva

Kickboxing: 102.1kg


Muhammad Aiman vs Chen Rui

Mixed Martial Arts: 65.8kg


Tial Thang vs Kim Woon Kyoum

Mixed Martial Arts: 65.8kg


Yoon Chang Min vs Fabio Pinca

Mixed Martial Arts: 70.3kg


Rui Botelho vs Taiki Naito

Muay Thai: 61.2kg


Savannah Em vs Rayane Bastos

Mixed Martial Arts: 61.2kg


***Bouts and order are subject to change.


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