Former WBA female Super Flyweight champion Tenkai Tsunami (20-9, 9) showed how valuable experience is earlier today as she claimed the OPBF female Bantamweight title and stopped Filipino youngster Honey Mae Bermoy (6-3, 6).
Bermoy, also known as Honey Katsumata, had come in to the fight with a fearsome reputation, She had scored all 6 of her wins by T/KO and had taken out all 6 defeated fighters inside 4 rounds, including Saki Yamada. There was however, worries about her stamina and whether she knew what to do when she couldn't blast an opponent out.
Those worries were well founded and today she found herself up against a tough opponent who wasn't going to crumble to Bermoy's power. Instead it was Bermoy who would crumble under attack of Tsunami who forced the Filipino to fold in the 7th round of a scheduled 8.
Whilst it's of course a set back for Bermoy the Filipino has plenty of time to bounce back. She is only 20 years old and if she uses the loss as a learning experience to develop her skills, pacing and stamina she could become a real force in the ring. On this occasion however she ran in to a tough, experienced, world class opponent who simply knew too much and was too good to lose.
With this victory it's possible that Tsunami will boost herself up the world rankings for another title shot. With her skills, toughness, heart and experience she's a nightmare for anyone. Although she'd have to travel to Latin American for a world title fight at Bantamweight we believe she could still make Super Flyweight and possibly even battle compatriot Naoko Fujioka in what would be a thrilling contest between two of Japan's best female fighter fighters.
(Photo courtesy of http://tenkai-tsunami.com/)
Just days ago we reported an all-female super-card to celebrate "Hina Matsuri". It seems that that card was just the start of a very interesting week for Asian fighters with reports of yet another great looking female title contest.
The details we got today are that Honey Mae Bermoy (6-2, 6), also known as Honey Katsumata, will be challenge the hard hitting hitting Riyo Togo (11-5-1, 9) for the OPBF female Bantamweight title.
Honey, pictured, is a Japanese based Filipino teenager who has proven to have venom in her punches.
Although aged just 19 Honey is rated very highly. That is, in part, due to her work at the Katsumata Gym as well as her 3-0 (3) record in Japan, which included a 3rd TKO over Saki Yamada, the older sister of Mako Yamada. This will, however, be a big step up for her following wins over mostly limited opponents so far.
At 38 years old Togo is the significantly older fighter though she's also the more experienced combatant and has fought at world class for much of her career. Her career has seen her sharing a ring with the likes of Kimika Miyoshi, 5 times!, Janeth Perez and Mariana Juarez, twice.
As the defending champion Togo will be favoured, especially with her dynamite power though her long career will have taken it's toll on her and she may not be as big of a favourite as some may think given the level she's competed at an the significant edge in experience.
With 15 of their combined 17 wins coming by stoppage we'd not be shocked if this one doesn't go the distance in what looks like a wonderfully explosive encounter.
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