It's a shame to say that female boxing in Asia had a pretty forgetable year, afterall we've seen so much attention given to female fighters in the west thanks to the likes of Katie Taylor and Claressa Shields. In Asia many of the premier female fighters, like Naoko Fujioka, Cai Zong Ju, Firuza Sharipova and Hyun Mi Choi fought only once.
There were exceptions to that rule, but many of those scored only a single win of note. The one major exception was Tenkai Tsunami [天海 ツナミ], who became a 2-weight world champion in March, when she stopped the previously unbeaten and highly touted Chaoz Minowa, to claim the WBO female Light Flyweight title. A title she defended against veteran Gretchen Abaniel in July, stopping Abaniel in 4 rounds.
The 34 year old Tsunami not only gave Minowa her first defeat, which was followed 8 months later by Minowa losing a decision to Ibeth Zamora Silva, but was just the second person to stop Abaniel, who's only other stoppage loss came back in 2011 to Katie Gutierrez.
It's a shame that Asian boxing didn't have a real standout female fighter at the top this year, but fingers crossed 2019 will be a better year, especially given the fact that there so many interesting female fights out there at the lower weights, which are packed with Asian female fighters.
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