Tomorrow fight fans at the Korakuen Hall will get the chance to see a new WBO female Light Flyweight champion being crowned, as former Japanese amateur standout Chaoz Minowa (5-0, 4) [チャオズ箕輪] battles former WBA female Super Flyweight champion Tenkai Tsunami (24-12, 13) [天海 ツナミ] for the vacant title.
Today the two fighters took part in their weigh in for the contest, and both fighters came in under the 108lb limit, in fact both camein at an identical 107.6lbs, and both looked great shape for the bout.
The contest will see Tsunami attempt to become a 2-weight champion and the veteran has seemed confident through the build up, oriignally wanting to fight Naoko Fujioka for the title before Fujioka vacated the belt. The veteran lost the WBA title at 115lbs back in the Summer of 2012, and despite challenging for various titles since then she has come up short against a number of top fighters, with those bouts all coming on the road.
For Minowa, a multi-time All-Japan amateur champion this contest will be her first world titl fight, though she has impressed since her debut in the professional ranks and has already won an OPBF title, and spoken confidentally about winning a huge number of world title bouts across a wide number of weights. This is, on paper at least, her first real test and she'll know that she needs to win if she's to fulfil her claim of becoming a 9 weight champion, which still sounds as crazy as when she made the original statement.
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Earlier today saw the official line up for the "Victoriva Vol 1" show, set for March 8th at the Korakuen Hall. The announcement confirmed a number of bouts and revealed others, to give us a staggering 6 title bouts on the show, which comes only 5 days after Hinamatsuri, also known as "Girls Day" or "Doll's Day".
The first 3 title bouts set for the card were all Japanese female title bouts. These were a Bantamweight title bout between Miyo Yoshida (8-1) [吉田 実代] and Kai Johnson (5-11-3, 2) [カイ ジョンソン], with Yoshida defending her title for the first time, a Flyweight title bout between Yuki Koseki (5-4, 1) [小関 有希] and Yumemi Ikemoto (4-1) [池本 夢実] and a Japanese Atomweight title fight between Sana Hazuki (6-2-1, 2) [葉月 さな] and Nanae Suzuki (5-2-1, 1) [鈴木 菜々江].
We then saw an OPBF title being confirmed, with the confirmation of an OPBF Female Minimumweight bout between Saemi Hanagata (13-7-4, 7) [田中冴美] and Erika Hanawa (8-1, 3) [塙英理加], both of whom have come up short in recent world title fights. The winner of this will likely get another shot at a world title whilst the lower will have to climb back up the rankings and could be a year or two from getting a shot.
One of the world title bouts is for the WBO female Light Flyweight title and will see former Japanese amateur standout Chaoz Minowa (5-0, 4) [チャオズ箕輪] take on Tenkai Tsunami (24-12, 13) [天海 ツナミ] in what should be an absolute barn burner for the vacant title, which was vacated last year by Naoko Fujioka.
The other world title bout will see WBO female Minimumweight champion Kayoko Ebata (11-7, 6) [江畑 佳代子] defending her title against Korean veteran Ji Hyun Park (22-2, 6). For Ebata the bout will be her first defense whilst Park will be fighting for the first time in over 2 years, and will be seeking one of the biggest wins of her career.
The card, for those interested in watching it, will be featured on Boxingraise.com.
Earlier today Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen Hall, as well as subscribers to the Boxingraise service, had the chance to see former Japanese amateur standout Chaoz Minowa (5-0, 4) [チャオズ箕輪] return to the ring for the first time since May 2017.
The talented Japanese 30 year old was up against Thai southpaw Superball Sithsaithing (0-2) and needed little time to feel her way into the bout. Almost immediately Minowa was applying intelligent pressue on her foe, cutting off the ring well and looking to land her powerful right hand. Before the first round was over she had dropped the Thai with a vicious combination and looked like she was intent on having a short night. The Thai had made it out of the opening round but Minowa had no intention of letting her see out the second round, landing a vicious series of body shots before Superball dropped for the second time, and was counted out.
Following the bout Minowa stated she was looking for a world title fight later this year, and it seems her focus is on the WBO Female Light Flyweight title. Last year we saw Tenkai Tsunami (24-12, 13) [天海 ツナミ] become the mandatory for that belt, which is now vacant following Naoko Fujioka giving up the title last year.
It nows seems like we could see a potentially thrilling clash between Minowa and Tsunami for the title, later this year, in what would be a genuinely enthralling contest.
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In January we reported that a deal had been made for a WBO female Minimumweight title fight between Kayoko Ebata (10-7, 6) [江畑 佳代子]and the unbeaten Erika Hanawa (7-0, 2) [塙 英理加].
Originally that bout was set to take place on March 15th but was later changed, essentially falling off the radar ahead of a Dangan Ladies card in March. With the bout falling off the show it left many to wonder what had happened.
Today however it was revelaed that the bout would be taking place, albeit on a rescheudled date, with the two ladies now set to fight on Dangan Ladies Vol 5 at the Korakuen Hall on May 19th.
The bout was officially announced today at a press conference to announce the latest in the Dangan Ladies series of shows and is being sold, essentially as a veteran Vs prospect bout. For Ebata the bout will be her 6th world title contest whilst Hanawa will be in her first at world level.
Also confirmed for the card is Ebata's Watanabe gym stablemate, Chaoz Minowa (3-0, 2) [チャオズ箕輪] though it's unclear if she will be defending her OPBF female Flyweight title at the moment.
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Last year we saw Chaoz Minowa (3-0, 2) [チャオズ箕輪] claim the OPBF female Flyweight title, the first title of her short professional boxing career.
Today Minowa was given a special award by the mayor of Utsunomiya City, in Tochigi Prefecture in recognition to her ability and her growing significance in professional boxing.
Although Minowa was there to recieve the award the even was certainly not the most serious of meetings with the fighter and the mayor both discussing the local speciality food, dumplings, and utensils being presented at the ceremony.
At the moment there is no set date for Minowa's next bout but it seems clear that she's looking to make a major mark on female boxing and again stated that she was hoping to become a 9-weight champion, and it sounds like she will be getting up through the weight due to Utsunomiya's dumplings!.
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