Earlier today saw an announcement regarding the first world title defense by IBF female Minimumweight champion Etsuko Tada (15-2-2, 4) [多田 悦子],who we now know will return to the ring on January 30th to face off with Chinese fighter Cai Zong Ju (8-1, 1) [蔡宗菊] in Macau.
Tada, who claimed the IBF title in late 2015, will be making her first defense following a frustrating 2016 in which she fought just ones, in a non-title bout. Although defending her IBF title for the first time she did previously make 10 defenses of the WBA title, before losing that belt to Anabel Ortiz in 2013, with Ortiz defeating Tada again in 2014 to give Tada both of her defeats.
During those defences of the WBA title Tada defeated the likes of Cho Rong Son, Ibeth Zamora Silva, Maria Salinas, Naoko Shibata and Yuko Kuroki and was long regarded as one of the top female fighters in the lower weights. She is however 35 years old now and thought to be on the slide.
Ju, a Chinese fighter who has emergd as a credible contender in recent years, will be fighting in her first title fight . She lost an early career bout to Nampetch Kwanjaisrikod but has bounced back well with wins against the likes of Gretchan Abaniel, Mari Ando and, most recently Samson Tor Buamas, whilst claiming a variety of regional titles.
Little is known about the rest of the card for this show but it does seem like Macau's boxing scene is set to take off again after a disappointing 2016, and this will be the second show in the special administrative Chinese region in as many days.
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Today in Japan is a special day, it's the first day of Spring and the country celebrates with a special festival, "Setsubun", which involves people throwing beans in an attempt to bring good fortune and scare off evil spirits.
In Kobe there was a trio of notable Shinsei gym fighters taking part in the ceremony.
They were current OPBF Super Bantamweight champion Shun Kubo (9-0, 7) [久保 隼], current IBF female Minimumweight champion Etsuko Tada (15-2-2, 4) [多田 悦子] and Japanese icon Hozumi Hasegawa (35-5, 15) [長谷川 穂積].
The three, who were dressed in ceremonial outfits, threw the beans to an audience with Kubo admitted that he didn't want to stand out too much. Although Kubo may have felt somewhat self concious the public bean throwing is regarded as an serious honour and it's clear that his success last year, including his title win, has helped him earn such an honour.
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Tomorrow fans in Hyogo get the chance to see the next Shinsei promotions show. The show features two notable main bouts, one of which is an IBF Minimumweight female world title bout, whilst the other sees the return to action of Japanese star Hozumi Hasegawa.
Thge IBF Minimumweight title bout, between former WBA champion Etsuko tada (14-2-2, 4) and Mexican challenger Kareli Lopez (8-5-3, 2) saw both fighters making weight on their first attempt. Tada, who's only losses have come to the excellent Anabel Ortiz, just hit the limit whilst Lopez was marginally lighter, though we really do mean marginally, around 1/8th of a lbs. For Tada this is a chance to become a 2-time champion whilst Lopez is looking to claim her first world title, notably both were confident and very relaxed at the weigh in and it seemed like they were both enjoying the build up to the fight.
For the other bout we saw the experienced Hasegawa (34-5, 15), a world champion at both Bantamweight and Featherweight, come in at a career high 127lbs against Mexican visitor Carlos Andres Ruiz Machuca (14-1, 5), who was 126lbs. Coming in to this bout both men had talked about using their brain and technique to claim victory in what is, by far, the biggest bout of the Mexican's career.
Tada goes for IBF gold as she battles Kareli Lopez!
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We've known for a while that former 2-weight world champion Hozumi Hasegawa (34-5, 15) would be fighting on December 11th at the Kobe Central Gym as he continues to look for one more world title fight. Until this morning however we had no idea who that bout would be against or even what weight the contest would take place at.
This morning Shinsei announced that Hasegawa's bout would be against Mexico's once beaten Carlos Andres Ruiz Machuca (14-1, 5), who is a 22 year old Super Featherweight, who currently holds the WBO Latino title at 130lbs.
From what we under-stand the bout will be fought at the Super Featherweight limit and will see Hasegawa making his debut at 130lbs in what he is considering a move into the "unknown" in regards to how hard fighters punch and how good he will feel at the weight.
Best known for his run as the WBC Bantamweight champion Hasegawa has made it known that he would like another world title bout, in the hope of becoming a 3-weight world champion. This bout is a test of the water against a man who is ranked #5 by the WBO, mostly due to his Latino title rather than any major win.
This bout will act as the co-feature of the show along with the recently announced IBF female Minimumweight title bout between Etsuko Tada and Victoria Argueta. It's now known that the card will also feature the very promising Reiya Konishi, who fights in an 8 rounder as he continues to build towards a Japanese title fight.
Etsuko Tada to face Victoria Argueta for IBF belt on December 11th!
Hozumi Hasegawa to return in December!
Yesterday Shinsei held a press conference to announce one of the main bouts for their December 11th show at the Central Gym in Kobe, Hyogo.
The announcement regarded a female world title fight featuring former title holder Etsuko Tada (14-2-2, 4) who we now know will be facing Mexico's Victoria Argueta (13-2, 4) for the IBF female Minimumweight title.
The talented Japanese fighter, who held the WBA female Minimumweight title from 2009 to 2013, will be hoping to become a world champion for a second time and prove her ability once again. She is however 2-2 in her last 4 bouts with two split decision losses to Anabel Ortiz recently marking up her record.
As for Argueta, this is her first bout since actually losing this very same title to Nancy Franco in February. The Mexican is a former Mexican, WBC Silver and IBF champion and will be familiar to some Japanese fans who may remember her 2012 clash with Naoko Fujioka, a bout that Fujioka won with a wide decision.
For those wonder about Nancy Franco, who was stripped of this title, she will herself be fighting in Japan in December as she faces WBC world champion Yuko Kuroki on December 20th in Fukuoka. Interesting Kuroki has been beaten by Tada and if both Tada and Kuroki win their up coming bouts or if Argueta and Franco win, we may see unification bouts as rematches.
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