Earlier today Japanese fight fans at the Korakun Hall saw former world title challenger Tomomi Takano (10-2, 7) [高野 人母美] rid herself of some demons as she over-came former foe Kai Johnson (5-11-3, 2) [カイ・ジョンソン] in impressive fashion.
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.
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Earlier this year we reported that former 3-weight world champion Koki Kameda [亀田 興毅] had taken over the training duties for his younger brother Tomoki Kameda (33-2, 20) [亀田和毅].
Today saw a press conference to announce that Koki now has another student training under him, boxer-model Tomomi Takano (9-2, 6) [高野 人母美] who will return to the ring on May 26th against Kai Johnson (5-10-3, 2) [カイ・ジョンソン] as A-Sign Bee Vol 3.
The bout will see Takano attempt to avenge one of her two defeats, having suffered a 5th round TKO loss to Johnson back in June 2014. Since then however Takano has gone 4-1, winning an OPBF title and challenging for a world title. As for Johnson things have gone down hill with 4 straight losses, though all 4 were by decision.
The bout is the latest addition to the third A-sign show which is starting to look like a really promising card and another stacked show under the A-sign Bee banner.
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Last week we reported that a date had been set for the first OPBF Middleweight title defense by the under-rated Hikaru Nishida (15-7-1, 7) [西田 光], who is now set to fight on June 7th against unbeaten challenger Dwight Ritchie (13-0-0-4, 1), the #1 ranked OPBF Middleweight challenger.
Earlier today we were made aware that the poster for the show, had been completed with Nishida posting it to his blog.
Officially the card will be "Hopeful Fight Vol 22", and previously reported the card will feature a second OPBF title fight, a bout for the OPBF female Featherweight title fight between Kimika Miyoshi (12-8-1, 5) [三好 喜美佳] and Kai Johnson (5-9-3, 2) [カイジョンソン].
The poster is a simple one with Nishida being the key image of the poster, with his two titles, and Miyoshi being in the secondary image, with her two titles. As for the under-card fighters they are featured in smaller inset images.
For Australian fans hoping to see Ritchie featured on the poster it's a shame he's absent, but it's fair to say that the poster is targeted towards Japanese fans who can make it to the Korakuen Hall on June 7th rather than Australian fans likely to travel to support their man.
(Image courtesy of Nishida's blog)
Earlier today it was announced that OPBF and Japanese Middleweight champion Hikaru Nishida (15-7-1, 7) [西田 光] would return to the ring on June 7th to make the first defense of his OPBF title at the Korakuen Hall.
The under-rated Nishida will be facing unbeaten challenger Dwight Ritchie (13-0-0-4, 1), the #1 ranked OPBF Middleweight title challenger.
For Nishida the bout will be his first since his recent break out win over Akio Shibata, a 3rd round TKO win over the then champion back March. He will also be coming in to this bout in the search of a 6th straight win, extending his current longest winning streak. Although his record may not show it Nishida is a talented fighter and has notched up notable wins over Shibata, Makoto Fuchigami, Hideo Mikan and Kazuhiko Hidaka.
As for Ritchie this will be his first bout above Australian national level, and his first bout outside of Australia. The 24 year old made his debut back in 2009 and quickly advanced his record to 4-0 (1) before it was revealed that he was under age, forcing his first 4 bouts to become no contests. Since then Ritchie has reeled off 13 straight wins and winning several titles, most notably the Australian middleweight title.
This is a fantastic match up and although Ritchie will clearly be the favourite given his record the bout will be his first over 12 rounds and will be his first outside of Australia.
The bout will be the second OPBF title fight on this card along with an OPBF female Featherweight title fight between Kimika Miyoshi (12-8-1, 5) [三好 喜美佳] and Kai Johnson (5-9-3, 2) [カイジョンソン].
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