Jihin Radzuan is Full of Confidence Heading Into Bout With Denice Zamboanga

Wushu World Champion and MIMMA Women’s Champion Jihin “Shadow Cat” Radzuan is always up for a challenge even when it comes to accepting a match on short notice.

The “Shadow Cat” will meet Denice “The Menace Fairtex” Zamboanga at ONE: MARK OF GREATNESS on December 6 in the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The bout will be Radzuan’s third match for this year, and she is looking forward to winning and ending her 2019 on a powerful note.

“This is my seventh bout in my career, so I think I am getting used to life as a martial artist,” Radzuan laughed.

“Jokes aside, it has been quite an intense training camp because I took the bout on pretty short notice. But luckily, even during the off-season, I am training in preparation for a bout. Generally, I am always learning new skills, always sharpening my weaknesses and so far, I am feeling great.”

Earlier this year, Radzuan experienced a tough split decision loss at ONE: CLASH OF LEGENDS against the Philippines’ Gina Iniong. She bounced back immediately and defeated Jomary Torres with a triangle choke submission in the first round at ONE: MASTERS OF DESTINY.

Radzuan makes her return to the Axiata Arena once more. Against Zamboanga, the Malaysian rising star expects nothing short of victory.

“I think I was destined for this card,” Radzuan said.

“So I have been staying in shape because I knew I was going to get a bout before the end of the year.”

Radzuan has been preparing herself well in her hometown of Johor Bahru, where she trains at Ultimate MMA Academy under the supervision of head coach Melvin Yeoh.

She’s had six bouts under the ONE Championship banner to date, including impressive wins over Torres, Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol, and former ONE Women’s Atomweight World Title challenger  Jenny Huang.

Heading into her next bout, Radzuan is full of confidence.

“If I were to rate how I am feeling, I would say I am doing at least eight out of 10,” Radzuan said.

“I do feel a bit up-and-down at times, but it is the same feeling I get. Sometimes you feel great, sometimes you feel awful. I think every athlete experiences these kinds of feelings ahead of any bout.”

Author: Paulo Errazo

Paulo Errazo has been an avid combat sports fan who covers MMA, Kickboxing, and Muay Thai. He loves to put into words the thoughts and stories of athletes and bring out their emotions in every article. Aside from combat sports, Paulo also frequently plays football/soccer.

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