Earlier today fight fans at the Korakuen Hall saw a new Japanese female Minimumweight champion being crowned as former amateur stand out Mizuki Chimoto (2-0, 1) [千本瑞規] over-came Chie Higano (8-9-1, 2) [日向野知恵] to claim a 6th round majority technical decision, becoming a Japanese champion in just her second professional bout.
The talented Chimoto, uses her jab and footwork early on to try and neutralise the pressure of Higano, who looked to press the action from the opening moments. Higano's pressure came at a cost in round 2, when she was caught by several uppercuts that left her nose bloodied as the bout went on. Despite the damage Higano was taking their was no doubting her fire, and she had a strong round 3, pressing the action and getting shots off with Chimoto slowing down a touch.
Chimoto fought back well in rounds 4 and 5, though it did seem like Higano's experience and pressure was starting to take it's toll as we entered the 6th and final round.
Unfortunately a headclash early in round 6 saw us going to the scorecards after 33 seconds of the round. Those scorecards favoured Chimoto, with scores of 59-56, twice, and 57-57.
With her win today Chimoto seconds a Japanese national title record and draws level with the fewest fights for a Japanese fighter to win a title record, matching Eri Matsuda who won an OPBF title in her second bout.
Tomorrow fight fans at Korakuen Hall will see Japanese female Minimumweight champion Chie Higano (8-8-1, 2) [日向野知恵] looking to defend her title. In the opposite corner to the champion is touted former amateur stand out Mizuki Chimoto (1-0, 1) [千本瑞規], who looks to leave her stamp on the sport very early in her career.
Today the two ladies took part in their weigh in and both, thankfully made weight for the bout at 105lbs.
The champion was the lighter fighter, with Higano hitting the scales at around 104.5lbs and looking in great shape. The challenger, also in great shape, was slightly heavier at around 104.75lbs.
Higano spoke confidently and showed a real fire in her words, almost like a loss was unthinkable here against Chimoto. Chimoto on the other hand spoke more like a fighter who knew the tactics she was going to use, explaining that she had to be sharp and it seems like she's accept she will be fighting off the back foot against a typically aggressive Higano.
If Chimoto wins she will set a Japanese title record, fewest fights to a Japanese title, and tie Eri Matsuda's Japanese record of fewest fights to any title, which Matsuda set when she won the OPBF Atomweight title last year.
Related-Chimoto goes up against Higano in Japanese title fight!
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
On June 25th we'll see a pretty interesting Japan Vs Korea card, with 4 bouts pitting fighters from the two countries against each other. Whilst those are the main bouts there is a very interesting all Japanese bout set for the show, in what is actually the show's only title bout.
That title bout will see Japanese female Minimumweight champion Chie Higano (8-8-1, 2) [日向野知恵] defending her title against professional novice Mizuki Chimoto (1-0, 1) [千本瑞規].
For Higano this bout will be her first defense of the title, which she won back in February, by narrowly out pointing Yumi Narita over 6 round. As for Chimoto, a former amateur standout, the bout gives her a chance to become a champion in just her second bout.
A win would likely see Chimoto racing away to bigger and better fights very soon, but this is a genuine test for the Watanabe Gym hopeful.
On June 25th we'll be getting a really interesting Japan Vs Korea card, with a host of bouts between novices from the two countries. Those international bouts aren't the only thing on the show of value however and we also get a Japanese female title bout.
The title bout in question will see Japanese female Minimumweight champion Chie Higano (8-8-1, 2) [日向野知恵] defending her title against novice professional Mizuki Chimoto (1-0, 1) [千本瑞規].
For Higano the bout will be her first defense of the title, a title she won in February when she defeated Yumi Narita, in their second bout. She is a former world title challenger and despite a less than great record she is a solid fighter at domestic level and could be too much too soon for Chimoto.
As for Chimoto she is no ordinary 1-0 fighter, as she's one of Watanabe Gyms best kept secrets. As an amateur she went 45-12 and is hotly tipped by those at the gym as a future female star, much in the same as as Eri Matsuda and Kasumi Saeki are for their respective gyms.
Earlier today fight fans in Himeji saw a new Japanese Female Minimumweight champion being crowned, as veteran Chie Higano (8-7-1, 2) [日向野知恵] narrowly over-came Yumi Narita (3-3-3, 1) [成田佑美] in what was a second bout between the two women, who had fought to a draw last year.
Narita started well, taking the opening round with her movement and speed. Sadly for her Higano settled into the bout, pressing the action afterwards and clearly took round 2 to get on level pegging. She then began to really move through the gears and despite one judging give round 3 to Narita there was no slowing Higano's charge through the middle rounds, with a couple of the judges having her sweeping rounds 2-5.
Narita would have success in the final round, as she closed the gap on 2 of the cards but by then it was too little too late for her to get the node.
The cards were read out, with Higano winning 58-56 on 2 of them, and losing 58-56 on the third, form a judge who had only given Higano rounds 2 and 4.
News! We try and give you the most interesting news stories from the Asian boxing world!