Lim had her moments in the opening round, and even tagged Minowa with a solid left hand at one point, but the local struggled have consistency with Minowa wising up to the Korean's style and power and picking her moments more carefully. In the second round Minowa, who used some very nice movement began to counter Lim and land her lead hand consistently. With her combo's flowing Minowa drew blood from the nose of the Korean then dropped her late in the round.
Lim recovered from the knockdown but she looked like a beaten woman and a follow up from Minowa, punctuated by some lethal right hands, had her reeling as we went to the bell.
In round 3 Minowa set off for a war and the two fighters traded blows. Eventually the pace and power of Minowa was too much for the Korea, who stumbled to the canvas, she fell over whilst trying to regain her feet before the bout was stopped, with Lim looking like she had had enough.
For Lim the loss will be a painful one, she was beaten at her own game, whilst Minowa, who showed some flaws, proved she could take a shot, had heavy hands and put together lovely combinations. This is a big win for the Japanese novice and we suspect she'll be looking for titles in 2017.
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