On November 28th Dangan will promote their next Japan Vs China card, which features local prospects Shu Utsuki (2-0, 1) [宇津木秀] and Kaiki Yuba (3-0-1, 2) [湯場海樹] taking on opponents from China.
One of the bouts from this card not to be part of the Japan Vs China theme is a female bout between local hopeful Erika Hanawa (9-3, 3) [塙英理加] and Filipino veteran Jujeath Nagaowa (13-18-1, 8), who will be fighting for the OPBF female Minimumweight title.
Hanawa is a former OPBF "interim" champion but has come up short in her most notable bouts, losing in a WBO world title fight to Kayoko Ebata and losing in a bout for the full version of the OPBF title earlier this year to Saemi Hanagata. Despite those losses the 28 year old has shown promise, and will be hungry to get back to winning ways after a loss in September to Shione Ogata.
Nagaowa on the other hand is a true veteran of the ring, having debuted as a professional boxer more than 12 years ago. Her career has seen her face a real who's who but sadly the stiff competition has seen her score just a single win since the start of 2013. It needs to be noited that she hasn't fought in a boxing ring since June 2017, but she has remained active as a fighter with bouts in MMA, where she holds an impressive 4-0 record.
We're expecting more details of this card to be announced very shortly, with a poster image expected in the coming weeks.
Earlier today fight fans in Neyegawa City will got the chance to see an interesting card, which was held as a joint promotional venture by three different promotional outfits. One of those was the Neyagawa Ishida Boxing Club, run by Nobuhiro Ishida, who were playing a part in the promotion of a show for the very first time.
It was Ishida's fighter Shione Ogata (10-6, 2) [緒方汐音] who headlined the show, fighting in the card's main event. It was also Ogata who claimed the biggest win of her career as she over-came former world title challenger Erika Hanawa (9-3, 3) [塙英理加] to become the new WBO Asia Pacific female Light Flyweight champion.
Ogata boxed smartly through out, and although she spent quite a bit of the fight on the back foot she smartly used her jab to set up her straight right hand, and timed her left hooks brilliantly to stop the charges of Hanawa.
Hanawa certainly showed her hunger, rarely showing anything but aggression, but lacked the skills and know how to make the more of her offensive forays.
With the gold around the waist of Ogata it seems like Ishida is planning big things, and spoke about wanting to get his star a world title fight in Japan. It's clear that Ishida has big aspirations for both Ogata and the gym and it's fantastic to see him chasing gold for his fighters, despite the gym only being a relatively new one.
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Tomorrow fight fans in Neyegawa will get the chance to see a WBO Asia Pacific female Light Flyweight title bout, as Shione Ogata (9-6, 2) [緒方汐音] faces off with Erika Hanawa (9-2, 3) [塙英理加]. Today, ahead of their bout, the two fighters took part in their weigh in and both fighters made weight in what was a very cordial weigh in, with smiles and handshakes through most of the event.
On the scales, Ogata was bang on the limit. She looked quite a bit bigger than Hanawa, having clear height and reach advantages over her foe and is pretty clearly the natural Light Flyweight. As well as having the size advantage she also has the edge in form, having won her last two bouts. They included a win over the world class Saemi Hanagata and a win in the Philippines over Floryvic Montero for the WBA Asia female Light Flyweight title.
Hanawa on the other hand was 107.36lbs, comfortably under the 108lb limit, but looked a lot smaller than her foe. She's a natural Minimumweight, at largest, and it really showed. On paper she has the better record, but has lost 2 of her last 4 bouts and really lacks a stand out winning, having lost to both Kayoko Ebata and Saemi Hanagata, her only two opponents of any name value. Despite that she will likely see this bout as a potential next step to a second world title fight.
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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.
Over this coming Saturday and Sunday fight fans in Japan will get 6 world title fights, many of which are mouth watering clashes featuring an uinbeaten local fighter against a very talented visitor.
Fans however don't need to wait until the weekend to see world class action, and in Tokyo tomorrow fans will be able to see a WBO female Minimumweight title fight between veteran Kayoko Ebata (10-7, 6) [江畑 佳代子] and newbie Erika Hanawa (7-0, 2) [塙 英理加], who will be battling for the vacant title.
Today, ahead of their bout, Ebata and Hanawa took part in ther weigh in and both fighters made weight, with a little room to spare coming 100g's under the limit. The fighteres both looked in good condition though it was obvious that Ebata was the older fighter,and her comments to the media seemed to suggest tjhat she feels this coming be the end of her career.
Whilst Ebata suggested retirement Hanawa seemed to view a win as her chance to announce herself as part of the boxng future, and put herself on the proverbial boxing map.
Veteran Vs Novice as Ebata and Hanawa battle for world title
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