In Okinawa tomorrow fight fans will be able to see Tenkai Tsunami (25-12, 14) [天海 ツナミ] make her first defense of the WBO female Light Flyweight title as she takes on Filipino challenger Gretchen Abaniel (18-9, 6). Today the two women took part in their weight in for the contest, and both fighters made weight for the bout.
On the scales the defending champion, now enjoying her second reign as a world champion, was bang on the limit of 108lbs and looked full of excitement and confidence. She spoke about being motivated about fighting back in Okinawa, for the first time in almost a decade and that she was wanting to put on a fun fight for the crowd. She also stated that whilst she does respect the speed of Abaniel she is confident of scoring a KO win over the Filipino challenger.
Abaniel, who was also on the limit of 108lbs, stated that she has had 3 months of training for the bout and that she respects the champion but is also aiming to score a stoppage. If she can manage to stop Tsunami, who has never been stopped in her 37 fight career, it would be a huge statement from Abaniel and show that a move to the Light Flyweight division is something that she really should have done a few years ago. Sadly though Abaniel has been picking up losses at Atomweight and Minimumweight, where she has lost in numerous world title bouts..
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Earlier this year Japan's Tenkai Tsunami (25-12, 14) [天海 ツナミ] became a 2-weight world champion, as she stopped Chaoz Minowa to claim the WBO female Light Flyweight. Today saw the announcement of Tsunami's first defense, which is now set to take place in Okinawa on July 29th, and will see the champion battle against Filipino foe Gretchen Abaniel (18-9, 6).
Prior to winning the WBO title, back in March, had held the WBA female Super Flyweight title. She had held that title from 2009 to 2012, losing it to compatriot Naoko Yamaguchi. After a number of failed title challenges she seemed like a spent force but would roll back the clock to stop Minowa in 8 rounds to claim her second world title. That win saw Tsunami end a 4 fight losing run in world title fights, including the loss to Yamaguchi.
Abaniel on the other hand has been a regular challenger on the world level, but is yet to claim her first world title. The Filipino has come up short in bouts for the WBA, WBO and IBF female Minimumweight titles, as well as the WBA Atomweight title. Despite those losses she has proven herself a competitive fighter at that level and will know that this is another chance to prove herself.
At the moment no details in regards to supporting bouts have been announced, though we are expecting those details in the coming weeks.
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Ahead of the WBA Atomweight title fight on Thursday both Ayaka Miyao and Gretchen Abaniel were given their preliminary medical.
Both women had several similar measurements, most clearly in terms of height where just 0.2cm separate the fighters. The most telling detail however, in terms of the fighters measurements was the reach. The reach measurement has Abaniel having an astonishing 7cm advantage over Miyao, something that could prove vital if she can use it in the ring.
Away from the physical measurements, which as mentioned favour Abaniel, it's fair to say that Miyao has the more notable in ring advantages. Miyao has more fights, more rounds and has been in more world title fights. More interestingly is the fact Miyao is unbeaten in 8 contests for Abaniel that streak is just 3 fights, so the confidence will certainly be in Miyao as opposed to Abaniel.
Japanese veteran Kayoko Ebata, the reigning OPBF female Flyweight champion, has been added to the November 28th Ohashi show in the Korakuen Hall.
The show, which sees Ayaka Miyao defending her WBA Atomweight title against Gretchen Abaniel. Will now see Ebata fighting Mexican Nancy Franco in a bout for the IBF Minimumweight title in the co-feature.
Although we expect more details on the card to be released in coming weeks this looks like a fantastic match up on paper.
Although Ebata's record, which stands at 7-4 (4) isn't that impressive the 37 year old is on a 4 fight winning streak highlighted by a victory over Cho-Rong Son.
Likewise Franco's record isn't great either. The Mexican's ledger currently stands at 11-5-2 (4) with 2 losses in her last 5 bouts though she did defeat the highly regarded Ana Arrazola just 2 fights back.
We don't expect this to be as good as the Miyao/Abaniel contest though it should certainly be interesting and hopefully third time lucky for Ebata who has fallen short in 2 previous world title bouts.
WBA Atomweight champion Ayaka Miyao will make the third defense of the title she claimed last December as she takes on #1 ranked Filipino Gretchen Abaniel.
The bout, scheduled for November 28th at the Korakuen Hall, will be Miyao's third successive bout at "The Hall" whilst Abaniel will be traveling to Japan for the first time.
Aged 27 Abaniel has had a hard career so far facing the likes of the then WBA Minimumweight champion Cho-Rong Son, Samson Tor Buamas, Katia Gutierrez and Teeraporn Pannimit though will feel that that level of competition has prepared her for the 30 year old Miyao.
Miyao herself has also shared the ring with some talented individuals including Tor Buamas, Tenkai Tsunami, Naoka Shibata and Mari Ando.
With the competition of both women and the pride of both fighters we do expect something rather special here in what could be a late comer for female fight of the year.
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