It's rare to see a fighter winning a title in 3 bouts, but female hopeful Eri Matsuda (3-0) [松田恵里] has managed to unify in her third bout!
Earlier today the talented Atomweight unified the OPBF Atomweight title, that she won in her second bout, with the Japanese title, as she over-came Nanae Suzuki (8-3-1, 1) [鈴木 菜々江] over 8 rounds.
Suzuki, a pressure fighter, got off to a good start, winning the opening round on two of the cards, but then struggled to have success against the talented southpaw. Matsuda just did her thing, boxed and moved, racked up the rounds and looked fantastic.
By the 6th round it was clear Matsuda had the bout in the bag, and she seemed to take her foot off the gas a bit late on, as Suzuki tried to turn things around. By then though it was a case of Suzuki knowing she needed a stoppage that was never going to come.
After 8 rounds, all 3 judges scored the bout to Matsuda, with scores of 78-74, twice, and 79-74.
Matsuda spoke about fighting for world titles in the future, and also paid a clear homage to mentor Jun Toriumi, wearing replica shorts and gown to the former OPBF Bantamweight champion who runs the Team 10 Count gym which promotes Matsuda.
Despite the loss Suzuki certainly didn't seem like a broken fighter. She knew she wasn't good enough here, but seemed to suggest that she plans to rebuild, and one day get a rematch with Matsuda.
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Tomorrow Japanese fight fans will get the chance to see an Atomweight unification bout, as OPBF champion Eri Matsuda (2-0) [松田恵里] takes on Japanese champion Nanae Suzuki (8-2-1, 1) [鈴木 菜々江] in an excellent match up.
Both made weight, with no issue, and both sounded very, very confident of winning and advancing their careers.
Matsuda stated that she wanted to win and put in a solid performance to move towards a world title fight. She seemed very strong in her belief that her skills would be too much for the more experienced Suzuki.
Suzuki, on the other hand, revealed she had been preparing harder for this bout than any other bout and that she sees the contest as a check point towards a world title.
For fight fans wanting to watch this bout, it will be available on Boxing Raise, albeit on tape delay.
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Earlier this month we reported that OPBF Atomweight champion Eri Matsuda (2-0) [松田恵里] would be facing Japanese champion Nanae Suzuki (8-2-1, 1) [鈴木 菜々江] on March 13th at the Korakuen Hall in an OPBF/JBC female title unification bout. We can announce that there will be a second title fight on that show, which will be "Victoriva Vol 4".
That title fight will see OPBF and JBC female Bantamweight champion Miyo Yoshida (11-1) [吉田 実代] facing off with JBC #1 ranked contender Yoshie Wakasa (6-0, 2) [若狭与志枝]. We've been informed that the Japanese title will be on the line for this bout, in a 6 rounder, though it's unclear if the contest will also double as an OPBF title defense for Yoshida.
Aside from the two title bouts, the rest of the card will only be 4 round bouts, and all will be female contests, as is the theme of the Victoriva shows.
Earlier today we were informed that OPBF Atomweight champion Eri Matsuda (2-0) [松田恵里] would be facing Japanese champion Nanae Suzuki (8-2-1, 1) [鈴木 菜々江] on March 13th at the Korakuen Hall, on a show under the Victoriva banner.
The unbeaten Matsuda made her debut last August, when she defeated Hana Hazuki in a competitive contest. She then took the OPBF Atomweight title by beating Minayo Kei in December, in a very impressive 8 round performance. The win saw Matsuda show fantastic boxing skills, and despite being such a professional novice she does appear to have a very complete and competent professional style.
Suzuki on the other hand has been around for a while, making her debut in March 2016. She lost 2 of her first 3 bouts, but has since battled back amazingly well, going 7-0-1 and avenging every set back she has had along the way. Last march Suzuki would win the Japanese Atomweight title with a decision win over Sana Hazuki, and since then she has defended the belt twice.
There are at least one more big bouts expected for this show, which will only feature female bouts, but it is yet to be announced.
Earlier today fight fans in Osaka saw a new OPBF Atomweight champion being crowned, as the vacant title was contested for at the EDION Arena.
The title was being contested between the very highly touted Eri Matsuda (2-0) [松田恵里] and fellow Japanese fighter Minayo Kei (6-4, 1) [慶美奈代], with Matsuda looking to set the Japanese record for fewest fights needed to win an OPBF title.
To begin the bout Kei had success, at least in round 1, but it was a round that saw Matsuda begin to measure Kei, work out what her opponent had and figure out what she had to do to win. From then on the bout was essentially all Matsuda, who dropped Kei with a counter punch in round 4.
Kei tried to pick up the pace but struggled to have any success, as she unable to match the skills, movement, timing, or rig control of Matsuda, who took the decision with scores of 79-72 from all 3 judges.
It now seems likely that Matsuda will end up fighting for a world title in 2019, and will be back in the ring in Spring. As for Kei this was a demoralising loss, but her career is certainly not over, and she could well focus on fighting for a national title in the new year.
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