On paper any world title defence is good. Not all fighters reach the pinnacle and even few get to stay there for more than just a fleeting moment. Sadly however some title defenses aren't as good as others, and they certainly aren't as happy as others.
Many of the most disappointing defences come courtesy of headclashes, accidental fouls or issues outwith the typical rules of boxing.
That disappointment was a feeling felt by WBO female Minimumweight champion Kumiko Seeser Ikehara (6-1-2, 3) who made the first defence of her earlier today, though was left with a huge gash on her head following a brutal headclash with Filipino challenger Jessebelle Pagaduan (7-1-1, 4).
The bout had hardly began when the fighters clashed but it was clear that the action wasn't going to carry on. The cut on Ikehara's forehead opened up almost instantly and bled quickly.
The 2" cut is said to have required 10 stitches after the fight.
Although the bout was a painful one for Ikehara she managed to keep her title by virtue of a technical draw. It's not an ideal outcome but it's better than losing the title.
After the fight it was hinted that the two may have a rematch later in the year with the inconclusive and disappointing ending being frustrating not just for the fans but for the fighters who were both hoping to show their skills. Hopefully a rematch will allow them to do just that.
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Earlier today in Japan saw the weight in for tomorrow's female world title double header. That included the WBO female Minimumweight title fight which will see Kumiko Seeser Ikehara (6-1-1, 3) making the first defence of her title as she takes on Filipino challenger Jessebelle Pagaduan (7-1, 4).
On the scales Ikehara, pictured, was the heavier fighter coming in at 104¾lbs, just inside the 105lb limit. As for her challenger, Pagaduan was 103¾lbs, more than a full lb inside the divisional limit.
For Ikehara this was the lowest weight in almost 2 years. The last time she weighed this was was her narrow win over recent world title challenger Saemi Hanagata back in March 2013. It however only slightly lighter than her weight for her title winning bout against Gretchen Abaniel last September.
Pagaduan is more than 3lbs lighter than she was for her most recent bout, a decision over Florivic Montero in December, She is however more than 1lb heavier than she was in her last visit to Japan, a decision loss to Nao Ikeyama in a WBO Atomweight title bout. Sadly Pagaduan's weight has been relatively all over the place in the past and it's hard to know what her weight will mean come fight time.
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On Friday Japanese boxing fans will have the chance to watch a couple of female world title bouts as Japan and the Philippines collide. Today saw the 4 fighters involved in those bouts undergo their physical checks.
We've unfortunately not been given all the details regarding those checks though we have been advised that all 4 women passed the checks and both the fights will take place on Friday, if the fighters all make weight tomorrow.
The more interesting of the two bouts, at least on paper, will see WBO female Minimumweight champion Kumiko Seeser Ikehara (6-1-1, 3) defending her belt for the first time and taking on once beaten Filipino challenger Jessebelle Pagaduan (7-1, 4). On paper this looks an even bout with the fighters having identical experience, in terms of fights, and a similar record in terms of wins and losses.
As for the other bout it's a bit more one sided on paper as the WBO Atomweight champion Nao Ikeyama (15-3-1, 4) battles Norj Guro (7-3-1, 4) in what will be Ikeyama's 2nd defence of the title. Ikeyama's experience is likely to be a big difference maker here however at 45 years old there is the chance that father time may bring her reign to a premature ending.
Japanese veteran Ikeyama looks to continue her reign at 45 as she battles Filipino under-dog [preview]
Kumiko Seeser Ikehara battles Jessebelle Pagaduan in first WBO title defence [preview]
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Early on Monday there was a show announced for February 28th in Japan. The announcement wasn't a bit one, or a high profile one but it was a significant one and regarded two world title bouts as well as another notable clash. The reason the announcement didn't get much attention is because it regarded female fights, however they were all worthy of attention.
One of the title bouts announced will 45 year old Nao Ikeyama (15-3-1, 4) attempt to record her second defence of the WBO Atomweight title. Ikeyama, the inaugural champion of that title, will be up against the significantly younger Norj Guro (7-3-1, 4), a challenger from the Philippines. The young challenger has won just 2 of her last 6 fights however she has competing as high as Bantamweight and will perhaps feel more suited to the 102lb divisional limit of the Atomweight class.
The other title fight will see Kumiko Seeser Ikehara (6-1-1, 3) defending her WBO female Minimumweight title for the first time. Like Ikeyama we'll the champion defending her belt against a Filipino challenger, in fact Ikehara will be defending against a former Ikeyama foe in the form of Jessebelle Pagaduan (7-1, 4). Pagaduan fought Ikeyama in the inaugural WBO Atomweight title fight and although she came up short she'll be hoping it'll be second time lucky here.
The other notable bout on this card will see former 2-weight world champion Mari Ando (11-7, 5) fighting against the highly experienced "Bad Girl" Jujeath Nagaowa (12-13-1, 8) in a 6-round bout. For Nagaowa this will be her 5th bout in Japan whilst Ando will be fighting for the first time since losing the WBC female Minimumweight title to Yuki Kuroki last May.
(Image, of Ikehara, courtesy of http://www.zukunft.co.jp/futur)
Late last week one of our sources informed us that there was a strong rumour that WBA Atomweight champion Ayaka Miyao (18-5-1, 3) would be defending her world title in October. At the time the rumour was relatively lacking in terms of details though just a few hours ago we had everything revealed to us courtesy of Ohashi Gym who released all the information about the bout.
Ohashi stated that Miyao would be defending her world title on October 25th at "Phoenix Battle 51". The bout will see Miyao battle against once beaten Filipino Jessebelle Pagaduan (6-1, 4), who will be best known to Japanese fans as the woman beaten by Nao Ikeyama back in July for the WBO Atomweight title.
At the moment we've not yet been informed of the complete under-card though our source has stated that Nitta gym's Akira Ono (4-3, 1) will be battling against Shogo Sumitomo (5-6, 4) in a 6 round bout at Bantamweight.
From what we under-stand this will be one of two Ohashi cards in late October with the other being the very exciting contest between OPBF Minimumweight champion Ryuji Hara (18-0, 10) and rising super prospect Kosei Tanaka (3-0, 1) booked for October 31st. At the moment details of that under-card are more more interesting with Seiichi Okada (18-5, 11), Toru Suzuki (23-4, 7), Junpei Hara (14-5-2, 9) and Yoshimichi Matsumoto (6-1, 5) all booked for that undercard.
We hope to bring you more details on this show as we get them which will hopefully be sooner rather than later.
(Image courtesy of Ohashi Gym)
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