Denice Zamboanga will be back in action at ONE Fight Night 9. It is just over a week until she steps into the cage to take on Julie Mezabarba and the Filipina is already in fantastic shape.

She took to Instagram to show off her impressive physique ahead of what promises to be a pivotal bout.:


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Unranked opponent

Zamboanga will be looking to make it back to back wins when she competes at Lumpinee Stadium next Saturday morning. She beat Lin Heqin at ONE Fight Night 5 last December.

Afterwards Zamboanga called out Stamp Fairtex who is the #1 ranked atomweight as well as being her friend and former teammate. But the Thai is booked to face Alyse Anderson at ONE Fight Night 10 and will be taking on Seo Hee Ham in an interim title fight if she wins that.

Instead Zamboanga finds herself facing an unranked Brazilian as she looks to consolidate her status as the #3 fighter in the division. It might not be the fight she wanted but the 26 year old has clearly been training hard:


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Big changes

Zamboanga made some big changes last year. She got engaged to fellow fighter Fritz Biagtan and left her long time camp of Marrok Force in Bangkok.

She is now back in the Philippines training with her fiance, who won at ONE Friday Fights 5 in February. Zamboanga is also getting her career back on track after a pair of losses to Seo Hee Ham.

The first was highly debatable with Ham being awarded a controversial split decision win. But the Korean won the rematch convincingly to hand Zamboanga the only defeats of her career.

She remains one of the top contenders and with Angela Lee sidelined indefinitely a win over Mezabarba would leave her in pole position for a shot at whoever wins the newly minted interim belt. It might not be the fight Zamboanga wanted, but a victory would potentially establish her as the top contender in a division which is in a state of flux.