After a year that was defined by two epic battles with “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan, “Unstoppable” Angela Lee finally has a new opponent in her sights.
Following Denice “The Menace Fairtex” Zamboanga’s win at ONE: KING OF THE JUNGLE, ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong immediately announced that she would be the next woman to challenge for the ONE Women’s Atomweight World Title.
The 23-year-old from the Philippines extended her undefeated record to 7-0 with her second win in The Home Of Martial Arts in Singapore and Lee believes she is a worthy challenger for her belt.
“I think Denice is a talented rising star. She is a well-rounded mixed martial arts fighter and I’m excited to face her in the ONE cage,” she says.
“Denice is a young and hungry fighter. She is very well-rounded, and I feel like she is a part of the new generation of mixed martial arts. I’ve seen her previous fights, and she is constantly evolving her technique and fight game.”
Zamboanga’s latest performance was particularly impressive because she won a clear unanimous decision against Mei “V.V.” Yamaguchi, the woman who pushed Lee all the way for five rounds in two World Championship bouts in 2016 and 2018.
“The Menace” comprehensively outboxed the Japanese veteran and showed how far her grappling game has evolved by stuffing most of the takedowns that came her way, then defending every submission that was thrown at her.
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“Unstoppable” was impressed with the way her upcoming rival performed and believes it proves that she will pose a tough challenge when they meet in the coming months.
“I think Denice and her team came up with a very smart game plan, and she managed to execute that in the fight,” Lee says.
“Denice is definitely a dangerous fighter, and I won’t be underestimating her.”
No date has been confirmed for this clash, but if it is booked to take place before May 29, it will take place in a closed venue without an audience due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation.
However, “Unstoppable” is less concerned about the circumstances of her upcoming World Title defense than she is about ONE taking measures to ensure athletes and fans stay safe.
“I hope everyone tries their best to take preventative measures to stay healthy,” she adds.
“My prayers are with the people who have been affected by the coronavirus.”