Denice Zamboanga keeps eyes on Angela Lee but willing to take any fight

Denice Zamboanga in a ONE Championship match. ONE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—The moment Denice Zamboanga scored an upset win over Mei Yamaguchi in February, she knew that her next fight would be against ONE World atomweight champion Angela Lee.

Those plans, however, took a backseat as the world got engulfed in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Zamboanga had two choices—either wait for the pandemic to be handled or fight. She chose the latter.

Training in Thailand during the pandemic, Zamboanga received an offer to fight Watsapinya Kaewkhong in the meantime and the Filipino martial artist didn’t let the opportunity go to waste and proceeded to treat the bout as if she’s up against a champion.

“She (Watsapinya) had good control, but I think I was just able to overpower her. Of course, I couldn’t afford to lose that fight. My goal was to get the win and nothing else,” said Zamboanga.

“I didn’t expect to submit her so easily, by Americana no less. I wanted to strike with her, that’s what I was planning to do. But the submission was there, so I took the chance and I got the win. That’s the important thing.”

Zamboanga (7-0) took little to no time in dealing with Kaewkhong, who made her ONE Championship debut at A New Breed, using her grappling to good use and going for the submission the moment she got the opening.

The win not only extended Zamboanga’s winning run but gave her some added experience before her title fight against Lee. When that bout will happen, however, is still unknown.

“Once the world goes back to normal, I think I’m ready to face Angela. She’s my idol. But if the situation stays like this for some time, and if ONE Championship is giving me the chance to fight again, then I’ll

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Hamilton fastest ahead of Bottas in second practice at Italian Grand Prix

MONZA, Italy — Mercedes again topped the leaderboard as Lewis Hamilton posted the fastest time ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas in second practice Friday for the Italian Grand Prix.

The championship leader finished .262 ahead of Bottas, who was quickest in first practice. McLaren driver Lando Norris was third, .897 slower than Hamilton.

“The car didn’t feel great in the first session but in the afternoon, it felt like we made some encouraging improvements and it was much better,” Hamilton said. “We have a few more steps to make overnight and then I think it’ll be where it needs to.

“The field is typically a lot closer here, compared to Spa, as it’s such a fast lap and there aren’t many corners. Valtteri’s quick here, too, so it’s going to be a fun battle.”

Ferrari improved slightly in the second session at its home track. Sebastian Vettel went from 19th in P1 to 12th, and Charles Leclerc moved from 11th to ninth, but both were more than a second slower than Hamilton.

Both Ferrari drivers ran off track and Leclerc was heard saying over team radio, “The car is so hard to drive.”

Hamilton has won five of the seven races and is 47 points ahead of Red Bull rival Max Verstappen and 50 ahead of Bottas.

Verstappen was fifth in the second session, 1.036 slower than Hamilton. He finished in the same position in first practice after spinning at the Ascari chicane, sidelining him for 25 minutes as his car was repaired.

“Not a good day struggling with grip and balance in general,” Verstappen said. “So quite a bit of work to do.”

Earlier, Bottas posted the fastest time in first practice. The Finnish driver’s best lap was .245 seconds quicker than Hamilton and .797 ahead of Red Bull

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Jason Dy serves smooth soulful voice in new digital single ‘Gusto Ko Pa’

Kapamilya crooner Jason Dy unveiled a soul-stirring single that will make fans and followers “want to listen more.”

Dy, who is dubbed as the “The Voice of R&B” and “Prince of Soul,” released early on Friday, Sep. 4, the four-minute R&B track titled “Gusto Ko Pa,” which has a touch of new wave and dream pop genre and is done with ethereal textures and breathy vocals.

The new track, whose lyrics and music were written by Dy himself, was produced in collaboration with his co-artist Jay R Sillona, who is known as the King of R&B. It is exclusively released under Cornerstone Music.

Prior to the release, Dy shared a glimpse of his newest single with teaser materials infused with illuminating visuals and neo-psychedelic ambiance.

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Posted by Jason Dy on Saturday, August 29, 2020

The musician’s latest single, which is about unrequited love, was inspired by American artist James Turrell, who primarily uses light and space as his works’ medium, according to an exclusive feature by Garage Magazine. This was also confirmed by the R&B singer himself during a Facebook Live on Thursday night, Sept. 3.

Dy’s new single is now available for streaming on Apple Music, Spotify, iTunes, Deezer and other major digital music stores. It has already entered the iTunes Store’s Top Songs list and is currently on the third spot, coming after K-pop trending songs “Dynamite” by BTS and “Ice Cream” by BLACKPINK and Selena Gomez.  /ra

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