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!
Tomorrow fight fans at the Korakuen Hall will get the chance to see the third meeting between Ayaka Miyao (22-7-1, 6) [宮尾 綾香] and Nao Ikeyama (18-4-3, 5) [森脇恵子], who will be fighting for the WBA "interim" Atomweight title.
So far the bouts between the two women have both ended in stoppage wins for Ikeyama, though one was early in the careers of both woman, whilst the the second came in a freak incident that saw Miyao suffering a genuinely nasty leg injury, preventing her from continuing.
Today the two fighters took part in their weigh in, and both fighters comfortably made the 102lb limit.
On the scales Ikeyama, a former WBO Atomweight champion, weighed 99.9lbs and despite closing in on her 50th birthday it's clear she stays in very, very good shape. Miyao on the other hand, herself a former WBA Atomweight champion, was 101.4lbs.
For fans unable to make their way to the Korakuen Hall, this card will be made available on demand on boxingraise over the coming days.
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Earlier today the brilliant Boxingraise revealed their scheduled for November, which will include 7 shows in total, one of which will be live.
The live show will be on November 10th and is a really good show headlined by Ryuichi Funai (30-7, 21) [船井 龍一] fighting in an IBF Super Flyweight world title eliminator against Mexican fighter Victor Olivo (15-2-1, 7). As well as that bout the card will also feature a strong support including Shuya Masaki (10-1, 5) [正木脩也] against Izuki Tomioka (5-1-1, 1) [富岡樹], a Japanese Youth Lightweight title bout between Shawn Oda (9-0, 8) [小田翔夢] would face off with Seiryu Toshikawa (10-4, 6) [利川聖隆] and a Japanese Youth Minimumweight title bout between Yuga Inoue (7-0-1, 1) [井上夕雅] and Kai Ishizawa (4-0, 4) [石澤開].
The tape delay cards, which are usually put up 1 to 7 days after they take place, will include the November 16th card headlined by Japanese Light Flyweight champion Tetsuya Hisada (32-9-2, 19) [久田 哲也], defending against Akihiro Toya(8-4, 1) [戸谷彰宏]. The November 20th card "Victoriva Vol 3", which is headlined by Ayaka Miyao (22-7-1, 6) [宮尾 綾香] having her third bout with Nao Ikeyama (18-4-3, 5) [森脇恵子], for the WBA "interim" Atomweight title, and the November 25th show, headlined by Richard Pumicpic (21-8-2, 6) defending the WBO Asia Pacific Featherweight against unbeaten teenager Musashi Mori (7-0, 5) [森 武蔵].
Whilst none of these shows are the jaw dropping things that the end of year cards are set to be, they are solid shows for what is a genuinely busy month in Japan!
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Yesterday we reported that former WBA Atomweight champion Ayaka Miyao (22-7-1, 6) [宮尾 綾香] would be getting a chance to reclaim that title on November 20th as she takes on incumbent champion Monseratt Alcarron (11-4-2), at the Korakuen Hall on a Watanabe promoted card. Sadly however that bout has already been cancelled.
The bout was planned, and was sanctioned by the relevant authorities, but Alcarron has sadly picked up an injury before the bout was officially announced.
The injuries to the champion have seen plans change and instead of Miyao Vs Alcarron for the regular title we'll see Miyao take on former foe Nao Ikeyama (18-4-3, 5) [森脇恵子] for the interim title, with Ikeyama ending a short retirement.
These two fighters fought in in 2016, when Miyao was stopped in 6 rounds due to a nasty knee injury that sidelined her for more than a year. Miyao has only fought a low key comeback fought since then whilst Ikeyama has fought twice, going 0-1-1 and losing the WBO Atomweight title in the summer. After her loss in summer Ikeyama stated her intention to retire but it seems this opportunity has given the 49 year old one final roll of the dice in her storied career.
Although this isn't the bout Watanabe were planning it's hard to be disappointed at the match up, given Miyao has a chance to avenge her loss and letting Ikeyama get a chance to prove she can beat Miyao without the need for a freak finish.
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Earlier today we were informed that former WBA Atomweight champion Ayaka Miyao (22-7-1, 6) [宮尾 綾香] would be getting a chance to reclaim that title on November 20th as she takes on incumbent champion Monseratt Alcarron (11-4-2), at the Korakuen Hall on a Watanabe promoted card.
The popular 35 year old Japanese fighter held the belt from February 2013, when she defeated Mari Ando for the belt, until October 2015, when she lost in a unification bout with WBC champion Momo Koseki. During her reign she defended the title 5 times, whilst fighting for the Ohashi gym. After losing the title she transferred to the Watanabe gym and would challenger WBO champion Nao Ikeyama in December 2016, though unfortunately suffered an horrific knee injury in that bout that saw her out of the ring for 18 months. This will only be her second bout since suffering that injury.
Mexican fighter Alcarron on the other hand won the title last time out, when she took a decision over Mayela Perez in August. Prior to that win she had also held the WBO Flyweight title, actually winning that belt in Japan in April 2017 when she defeated Nana Yoshikawa. Sadly Alcarron's reign with the WBO title was a short lived one, as she lost the belt in her first defense.
This is a fantastic match up and will be one of two female title fights, with the other being a Japanese female Atomweight title bout between defending champion Nanae Suzuki (7-2-1, 1) [鈴木菜々江] and Sayaka Aoki (4-3-2, 3) [青木沙耶香].
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