By CARLO ANOLIN
Denice Zamboanga finally returned to the win column after scoring a split decision over Chinese Lin Heqin in ONE Prime Video 5 Saturday morning at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
Zamboanga, who began a good pace for the Filipinos, used powerful overhand and straight rights to dominate Heqin.
“The Menace” is indeed back and knows no height advantage, outclassing the Chinese opponent with aggressive and accurate striking.
Zamboanga pretty much dominated the first two rounds, mixing up her right hand with speedy footwork and combinations.
Still, Zamboanga had the judges’ nod as she improved to a 9-2 record while Heqin fell to a 15-5-1 slate.
In the fourth bout, Eduard Folayang fell at the hands of Brazilian Edson Marques after suffering a second-round technical knockout loss.
After a quick exchange of strikes, Marques caught Folayang off guard with a swift combination but it was his right hook that sent the Team Lakay stalwart down the canvas face first.
Referee Olivier Coste intervened at the 2:53 mark to halt the match but Folayang clearly got back on his feet.
Meanwhile, Filipino-American Jackie Buntan scored a convincing unanimous decision win against Amber Kitchen in their muay thai bout.