WBA Atomweight champion Ayaka Miyao (17-5-1, 2) retained her title earlier today with a very rare stoppage victory.
Miyao, defending her belt for the 4th time was expected to be too hard working and too experienced for Thai challenger Buangern OnesongchaiGym (10-5-1, 1). What few, including ourselves, expected however was that this bout would be decided by Miyao's power and that it would fail to go the scheduled 10 rounds.
Miyao looked the crisper and more skilled fighter almost from the off and although her lack of power is well known it seemed she had extra sting on her shots than Buangern, who was simply struggling to cope with the champion.
With Buangern being worn down, Miyao upped the pressure and in round 5 she unloaded on Buangern in the corner eventually sending the Thai down for the count.
This stoppage was Miyao's first since stopped Mami Ito almost 3 years ago, as for Buangern this is her second stoppage loss in world title bouts after having also been stopped in a WBO Minimumweight title bout by Su-Yun Hong.
(Picture courtesy of Ohashi Gym)
We reported a few days ago that there was to be a Japanese a show on "Hina Matsuri", better known as the "Dolls Festival", featuring just fighters. Today saw that card officially announced with IBF female Light Flyweight champion Naoko Shibata (11-3, 3), WBA Atomweight champion Ayaka Miyao (16-5-1, 1) and WBC Atomweight champion Momo Koseki (17-2-1, 4) all appearing at the announcement.
For Shibata, defending her belt for the first time, the excitement was clear. Of the 3 title fights it does appear that Shibata has the easiest task facing 21 year old Mexican Guadalupe Martinez (6-5, 3). Despite her record Martinez has been fighting at the world level and is experienced against elite level fighters.
It's been mentioned that if Shibata wins she will be trying to set up a unification bout with WBC champion Mari Ando in what would be a genuinely great fight for the Light Flyweight division.
For Koseki things do look easy on paper as she attempts to make the 13th defense of her title. Matched against Thai teenager Angor Onesongchaigym (5-0, 3) this looks like a mismatch in favour of the champion. Koseki however knows that Angor is more experienced than just her boxing record and it's reported that Angor was a top Muay Thai fighter with an impressive record of 66-4 which should help her make up for the difference in professional experience.
The main event of the show will see Miyao defending her title against another fighter from the Onesongchaigym stable of Thai fighters. Whilst Koseki is fighting Angor we're set to see Miyao fight Buangern OnesongchaiGym (10-4-1, 1). Buangern, aged 20, will be fighting in her second world title fight having previously fallen short against Su-Yun Hong last year and could well prove to be a very difficult opponent for Miyao who is attempting to record the 4th defense of her title.
(Picture left to right-Ayaka Miyao, Momo Koseki and Naoko Shibata)
Earlier today we were informed of a special all-female card in Japan, which includes a total of 6 bouts, including 3 world title bouts.
The card, promoted by the East Japan Boxing Association, appears to have been organised on the back of a successful card last year with the same premise which again featured only female fighters. Like last years card it will be held on March 3rd at the Korakuen Hall and will coincide with "Hina Matsuri".
This years trio of title fights will see Naoko Shibata defending her IBF female Light Flyweight title against Guadalupe Martinez, Momo Koseki defending her WBC Atomweight title against a Thai, who we believe is Angor Onesongchaigym, and WBA Atomweight champion Ayaka Miyao, pictured, defending her belt against Buangern OnesongchaiGym.
Shibata (11-3, 3) has the easiest bout on paper against Mexico's Martinez (6-5, 3) though of course Shibata is probably the weakest of the 3 champions and is the most likely to struggle.
For Koseki (17-2-1, 4), who is regarded as the best Atomweight fighter by many, she'll be in with a bit of a mystery opponent in Angor Onesongchaigym (5-0, 3). Angor does sport a perfect record but her opposition so far leave a lot to be desired and leaves us with lingering questions about just how good the unbeaten Thai actually is.
The light hitting Miyao (16-5-1, 1) probably has the toughest bout on paper as she takes on the 20 year old Buangern OnesongchaiGym (10-4-1, 1) who has got experience at the world level, albeit in a stoppage loss to Su-Yun Hong.
As well as the 3 title bouts the under-card also looks very good for this special women's day card.
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