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 ecover 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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Tomorrow Japanese fight fans in Tokyo will get the chance to see Ayaka Miyao (21-6-1, 5) [宮尾 綾香] battle WBO Atomweight champion Nao Ikeyama (17-3-2, 4) [池山 直], with Miyao attempting to become a 2-time champion and Ikeyama seeking her first win at the Korakuen Hall, where she has previously lost and drawn.
On the scales today the champion, the 47 year old Ikeyama, was the lighter fighter coming in at 100¾lbs for the bout. Despite her age the champion was confident and looked determined to claim her first win at "the holy ground" of Japanese boxing. The bout will be her 5th defense, but is a huge step up in class as she takes on one of the most notable faces in the Atomweight division.
Miyao was the heavier fighter and came in at 101¼lbs for the bout, and looked in great shape for her most significant bout since leaving the Ohashi gym earlier this year. It was as an Ohashi fighter that Miyao first made her name, though she is now part of the Watanabe gym and the gym does seem to have instilled a new desire in her to become a world champion once again.
Ayaka Miyao hunts for second world title, Ikeyama looks to further her record
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Earlier today Japanese promotional outfit Watanabe announced a key December show that will feature two world title bouts and one of the most exciting female prospects on the planet.
The main event of the show will see WBA Atomweight champion Yunoka Furukawa (8-1-2, 6) [古川 夢乃歌] defending her title for the first time, as she takes on OPBF female Light Flyweight champion Mika Iwakawa (6-4-1, 2) [岩川 美花]. The 22 year old Furukawa claimed the title back in August when she stopped Satomi Nishimura in 3 rounds and will be looking to score an 8th straight win here. For Iwakawa the bout will see looking to build on her OPBF title win, also in August, but she will be seen as the big under-dog here.
The co-feature will see Furukawa's stablemate, and former WBA Atomweight champion, Ayaka Miyao (21-6-1, 5) [宮尾 綾香] battle reigning WBO Atomweight champion Nao Ikeyama (17-3-2, 4) [池山 直]. For Miyao it's a chance to become a 2-time world champion and become one of the few fighters to claim multiple Atomweight champions whilst Ikeyama will seek to extend her reign and record her 5th defense, whilst further extending her record as the oldest world champion.
On the under-card we'll see the fast rising Chaoz Minowa (2-0, 2) [チャオズ箕輪] battle Filipino Carleans Rivas (5-3-3) for the OPBF female Flyweight title, with Minowa looking to move into world title bouts next year!
For those interested this card will be held at the Korakuen Hall on December 13th and will be on a title "Dangan Ladies III", promoted by reason promotions.
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Former WBA Atomweight champion Ayaka Miyao (21-6-2, 5) [宮尾 綾香] may not have had a busy time in the ring this year but she is keeping her face out there having appeared at a press conference to announce a gym transfer last month and today appearing at a special event.
The event today saw the diminutive fighter appear at the STORIA cafe to tall about her career, her future plans and indulge in some fun with her interviewer.
At the event Miyao admitted that there is not set date for her ring return, though she was hoping to be back in action in December in what would be her Watanabe debut following her transfer from Ohashi gym. She also stated that it was her first event like this, but despite it being a new experience she did seem to take to it like a duck to water and looked to enjoy every minute of it, including the chance to hit her host in the body, with the host selling it in amusing fashion.
Although her return isn't yet set, some are speculating December 31st, she is in the gym and is preparing for the opportunity when it comes. It's clear she wants to become a world champion again in the future and we'd not be surprised to see Watanabe offer her a slot on a year ending show with the potential to have 4 world title bouts on the card, if things go to plan.
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Earlier today it was revealed that former Ohashi gym golden girl Ayaka Miyao (21-6-2, 5) [宮尾 綾香] had left the Ohashi gym and was transferring to the Watanabe gym, something that she put down to changing her general environment.
Miyao was, for years, the female star of the Ohashi gym and one of their first fighters to collect, winning the WBA Atomweight title back in 2012. After making 5 defenses of the title she finally lost it last October, losing in an action packed bout with Momo Koseki.
The loss to Koseki came in a female super fight and saw Koseki unifying the WBA and WBC Atomweight titles, becoming the first fighter in the division's history to accomplish the feat and winning only the second ever all-Japanese unification bout.
Since the loss to Koseki we've see Miyao fight just once, a stay busy bout in April on a charity show.
The transfer sees the popular and exciting fight look to rebuild her career now at the Watanabe gym, which has actually been a struggling gym this year. Losses in major for the likes of Takashi Uchiyama, Kohei Kono and Akio Shibata have hurt the gym, but with Miyao now in the stable they have another world class fighter among their ranks. The signing of Miyao may help the recovery of the gym and it also helps secure yet another world class female to the Tokyo based outfit.
At the press conference that announced Miyao's transfer she herself stated that she would chasing world titles with some suggestion being that that she could move up to Minimumweight to do that.
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