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Denice Zamboanga hugs Ham Seo-hee after their fight. Photos: ONE Championship

ONE Championship: Denice Zamboanga calls for review of Ham Seo-hee loss – ‘I clearly won the fight’

  • Filipino wants rematch after South Korean veteran takes split decision in atomweight grand prix quarter-final
  • ‘She didn’t do anything. I had the control, I even took her striking. I still can’t believe it,’ says Zamboanga

An emotional Denice Zamboanga broke down in tears as she called for ONE Championship to review her controversial split decision defeat by Ham Seo-hee at Friday night’s all-female Empower card in Singapore.

South Korean veteran Ham (24-8) got the nod from the judges after a close bout on her promotional debut, and will move on to the semi-finals of the atomweight grand prix, with a shot against champion Angela Lee on the line for the tournament’s winner.

But Filipino 24-year-old Zamboanga was inconsolable after her first loss, and asked for the fight to be looked at by ONE officials.

“I don’t know what to say. I’m so speechless right now. For me I clearly won the fight unanimously,” she told a post-fight virtual media interview.

“If they can review my fight and decide who really won, that would be great because for me I really did my best and everything. I reviewed my fight, she didn’t do anything. I had the control, I even took her striking. I still can’t believe it.

“I talked to her [Ham] in the hotel and told her, I just said thank you, you know. I still respect her. It’s not her fault about the judges.”

Denice Zamboanga exchanges with Ham Seo-hee.

No 1-ranked Zamboanga said she next wanted an immediate rematch with Ham or a fight with “Unstoppable” Lee, whom she has clashed with on social media over the past year.

“They haven’t talked with me yet but I hope they talk with me about the decision and also about fighting Ham,” she said. “I should have finished her so it will not end up in a decision.”

There was plenty of support for Zamboanga online, with fans saying the judges got it wrong.

“It gave me a bit of consolation because of what the people are saying, I feel the same,” she added. “Thank you for your support and I hope ONE Championship make the decision.”

This article appeared in the South China Morning Post print edition as: I clearly won the bout, saysZamboanga