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].
In later 2016 popular Japanese fighter Ayaka Miyao (22-7-1, 6) [宮尾 綾香] suffered a nasty injury in a world title fight against Nao Ikeyama. The injury, an ACL tear, was one that needed significant time to recover from and as a result Miyao, a former WBA Atomweight champion, was out of the ring for almost 18 months, before returning to action earlier today.
Despite the long lay off Miyao showed little sign of ring rust as she took on Filipino visitor Aisah Alico (7-9, 5) and scored a dominant win, stopping the Filipino in round 4 with a brutal flurry or unanswred body shots.
Miyao looked a little bit concerned to begin with but quickly warmed to the task at hand, and quickly took control of the bout. She looked more aggressive than usual, seemingly showing that there was some fear of reinjuring herself, but seemed to relax quickly and enjoy being in the ring. She particularly seemed to enjoy unloading the final flurry of body shots, with Alico unable to respond, and the victory clearly lifted a weight from her shoulders.
After the bout Miyao seemed to suggest that she wanted a rematch with Ikeyama, and would become a world champion again. As for Alico she was there to be little more than the ideal foil for Miyao, who got a very warm welcome from the fans at the Korakuen Hall.
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