According to one, often reliable, Japanese source Japanese prospect Yudai Shigeoka (1-0, 1) [重岡優大] is set to return to the ring on December 10th in a 6 round bout against a current OPBF champion, albeit in a non-title bout.
The source has revealed that Shigeoka is pencilled in to face OPBF Minimumweight champion Lito Dante (16-10-4, 8), who fights for the first time since scoring a huge upset win in March against Tsubasa Koura.
The talented Shigeoka, the older brother of WBO Asia Pacific champion Ginjiro Shigeoka, debuted at the end of October and looked sensational as he beat Thai foe Manop Audomphanawari. This is, however, a massive step up in class and shows the youngster's ambition to rise through the ranks in an incredibly aggressive way.
Dante on the other hand is pretty a card carrying member of the "who needs him? club". The Filipino might be the OPBF champion but even with that belt he is high risk and low reward, and over 12 rounds he's a nightmare due to his toughness and energy. He can be out-boxed over the shorter distance, as Shigeoka appears to be planning here, but he is still not an easy out for any one.
The bout is said to be pencilled in as the chief support bout for a Dangan card headlined by Shigeoka's stablemate Hironori Mishiro (8-0-1, 3) [三代大訓] defending the OPBF Super Featherweight title against 23 year old challenger Yoshimitsu Kimura (12-1, 7) [木村吉光].
Other fighters now pencilled in for this card include Fumiya Fuse (8-1, 1) [富施郁哉] and Ayaka Miyao (23-8-1, 6) [宮尾 綾香], though neither of these two have had opponents reported by our source yet.
Tomorrow fight fans at the Korakuen Hall will get the chance to see a WBA Atomweight unification bout, as "interim" champion Ayaka Miyao (23-7-1, 6) [宮尾 綾香] takes on the WBA regular champion Monseratt Alcaron (12-4-2), in a bout that was originally set to take place last year before Alcaron suffered an injury.
Just moments ago the two women took part in their weigh in and both fighters made the 102lb Atomweight limit on their first attempt, with no issues at all.
On the scales today the more experienced Miyao was 102lbs and looked calm, relaxed and confident. Alcaron on the other hand was well under the limit, hitting the scales at around 100.3lbs for the contest.
At the weigh in Miyao stated she was in perfect shape for this bout and had been thinking about facing Alcaron since last November and it's clear she has big hopes for her career, despite having been a professional 2004, and being 36 years old.
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Earlier this week we learned that the Victoriva Vol 5 main event would be the WBA Atomweight unification bout between "interim" champion Ayaka Miyao (23-7-1, 6) [宮尾 綾香] and WBA's regular champion Monseratt Alcaron (12-4-2). The bout was the second title bout announced for the September 12th show, following the IBF Atomweight title bout between Saemi Hanagata (15-7-4, 7) [田中冴美] and Nao Ikeyama (18-5-4, 5) [森脇恵子].
Today we saw a third bout being confirmed for the card, with the fast rising Eri Matsuda (3-0) [松田恵里] defending her Japanese title on the show against Mont Blanc Miki (4-2-1, 1) [田中美樹].
For Matsuda this will be her first defense of the Japanese title though strange it seems that Matsuda's OPBF Atomweight will not be on the line here.
The Victoriva cards do tend to be pretty stacked and with 3 title bouts, including 2 world title bouts, it's clear that this card is well worth some attention if you follow female boxing, especially given that there so much Atomweight talent on show for this card, with all 3 announced title bouts taking place at 102lbs. We may well see at least some of winners facing off in the near future.
Earlier today the main event of Victoriva 5 was announced and it's a match that was originally planned for last November before cancelled due to an injury of one of the fighters. Now, close to a year later, the fight will go ahead.
The match up question will see WBA "interim" Atomweight champion Ayaka Miyao (23-7-1, 6) [宮尾 綾香] take on the WBA's regular champion Monseratt Alcaron (12-4-2) in a bout to unify the title on September 12th at Korakuen Hall.
Originally the bout was set for last year, though Alcarron suffered an injury, forcing her out of the bout. She was replaced by Miyao's nemesis Nao Ikeyama [森脇恵子], in a bout for the interim title. Miyao would win the decision over Ikeyama, in what was the third bout between the two veterans and the first that Miyao had won.
Since winning the Interim title Miyao hasn't fought at all, likely waiting for Alcarron to be ready to face her. As for the Mexican she actually defended her title in April, with a decision win against fellow Mexican Nora Cardoza, in her only bout following her injury late last year.
The bout will be one of two Atomweight title fights on the show, joining the previously announced contest between IBF champion Saemi Hanagata (15-7-4, 7) [田中冴美] and Nao Ikeyama (18-5-4, 5) [森脇恵子], who will be fighting for the third time following 2 previous draws.
For those unaware the Victoriva shows are female only cards, and are a festival of female boxing, providing high level female fights, and showing that cards of female bouts can be wonderfully entertaining. Given the double main event here it should be clear the quality of these shows really is fantastic and we suspect the two title bouts will both be thrillers.
The comeback of the year, in the men's category, was an interesting category with various fighters in the mix, some of which were completely over-looked just due to the sheer number of comebacks we had. In female boxing however it was a category that really only had a single contender.
That was Ayaka Miyao [宮尾 綾香], who suffered an horrific knee injury in 2016, during her second bout with Nao Ikeyama. That injury saw her leave the ring on a stretcher, in tears, with her career almost looking like it was over. It was a terrible injury for the then 33 year old, who relied so much on her movement and speed that it seemed hard to believe she would ever look the same fighter.
Almost 18 months after the injury she returned to the ring and took a 4th round stoppage over the out classed Aisah Alico, a win she was supposed to get without any issues. Then came the big one, her 3rd bout with Ikeyama, the woman she had gotten so badly injured against.
Miyao showed no signs of fear or distrust in her leg. Instead she simply out boxed, out moved, out sped, out punched and clearly won against Ikeyama, who had scored 2 stoppages over her. The win saw Miyao become the "interim" WBA Atomweight champion and set up a potentially career defining bout in 2019, and a chance to become a 2-time world champion!
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