The two women had met in June 2014 with Johnson seeing out the early assault of Takano, who gassed badly and was broken down in round 5 by the gutsy under-dog. Today however Johnson's determination could help her avoid a 6th straight loss, as Takano's power proved to be too much.
Takano controlled much of the bout by using her length and height to control the range, and in round 3 a right hand detonated hard on Johnson, who was dropped hard. The determined Johhnson got to her feet but was saved by the referee who could see she wasn't clear and safe to continue.
For Takano the win seems to have shown that her link up with former world champion Koki Kameda is showing signs of real promise, and she looked a lot more powerful than she had in the past. For Johnson this was her first stoppage loss and could be the start of the end of her career.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)