Back in February Masatao Yamashita revealed that young protege Kasumi Saeki (3-0, 2) [佐伯霞] would be getting a world title fight on April 27th, revealing the fight at a special event where Saeki spoke in regards to her studies. Things went quiet on the details for that, but we have now been informed of the show and it's two main bouts.
One bout that had been revealed for the card, other than Saeki's, was the contest between Etsuko Tada (18-3-2, 5) [多田悦子] and Thai youngster Kanyarat Yoohanngoh (5-2, 3). Originally this was reported as a WBO Minimumweight title bout, instead however Tada has vacated the WBO title and this will be a WBC eliminator, with the winner to get a shot at either Tina Rupprecht or Maricela Quintero, who face off on April 6th. Tada did revealed earlier in the year that she wanted to win a WBC title to complete the set, having held WBC, WBO and IBF titles during her career, and this option makes sense now, looking at things.
As for what happens with the WBO title that Tada held, well that will actually be the title that Saeki fights for, with the youngster pencilled in to fight Elizabeth Lopez (6-1-4, 1) for the belt. If Saeki wins, as those who have seen her will expect, then the world is her oyster. She's only 22 but looks to be one of the most gifted female fighters in the sport, with incredible technical skills and speed. A real joy to watch. A loss to Lopez wouldn't be the end, but would be very unexpected.
Earlier today we were informed that Etsuko Tada (18-3-2, 5) [多田悦子] would be back in the ring on the long rumoured April 27th Shinsei gym show. A show which is also set to feature Kasumi Saeki (3-0, 2) [佐伯霞] and is rumoured to be the target for Reiya Konishi's (17-1, 7) [小西伶弥] battle against IBF Light Flyweight champion Felix Alvarado (34-2, 30).
Not only were we told that Tada would be on the show, but also that she would be making her first defense of the WBO female Minimumweight title, against Thai youngster Kanyarat Yoohanngoh (5-2, 3), who won the OPBF Silver title in February when she stopped Umi Ishikawa in 3 rounds.
The champion won her title in December, when she beat Kayoko Ebata (12-8, 6) [江畑佳代子] in an absolute thriller, to become a triple champion, having previously won the WBA and IBF titles, and has stated a desire to win the WBC title in the future. The challenger on the other hand lacks any wins of note, other than the one over Ishikawa. In fact Kanyarat's only other bout of note was a stoppage loss to the aforementioned Seeki last year.
On the subject of Seeki her team are planning a world title fight for her here, but at the moment her opponent hasn't yet been named. Likewise we've not seen any confirmation of the Alvarado Vs Konishi bout, yet.
(Image of Tada courtesy of boxmob.jp)
Earlier today in Bangkok local fans were given a number of notable treats. Not only were they able to see Wanheng Menayothin (52-0, 18) [วันเฮง ไก่ย่างห้าดาวยิม] and Knockout CP Freshmart (19-0, 7) [น็อคเอาท์ ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] take part in an exhibition bout but also a couple of new champions being crowned, as two locals won OPBF silver titles.
One of those new champions is Kanyarat Yoohanngoh (5-2, 3) who defeated Japanese fighter Umi Ishikawa (7-3, 5) [石川海] to become the new OPBF silver Female Minimumweight champion.
Kanyarat, who was seen last year in Japan being stopped by Kasumi Saeki, fought on the back foot early on, and landed the better shots, including some very good counters. Sadly though her good work was often overshadowed by her unnecessary use a few dirty tactics up close, including pushing the laces of her gloves in Ishikawa's face and a few rabbit punches. As the fight went on Ishikawa began to fade, tiring her self out and mentally looking like she had had enough of Kanyarat's tactics. When that happened the local turned the tables, began coming forward, unloading a huge flurry that sent Ishikawa down. She would beat the count but the referee wisely choose not to allow the bout to continue, at an official time of 1:57 of round 3
The other new champion is Satanmuanglek CP Freshmart (11-0, 5) [สะท้านเมืองเล็ก ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท], aka Tanawat Nakoon, who stopped Filipino journeyman Crison Omayao (24-19-4, 8) to become the new OPBF Silver Light Flyweight champion.
Omayao had failed to make weight at the weigh in yesterday, so was unable to win the belt, though never really looked competitive with the Thai. From the opening round Satanmuanglek looked in control, pressed the action and despite being the lighter man at the weigh in looked the much stronger man. It was the educated pressure from Satanmuanglek that was key and he was breaking down the Filipino round by round, with brutal body shots,being the main feature. Those body would send Omayao to the canvas 3 times to force a 4th round TKO win.
Tomorrow we'll see Satanmuanglek CP Freshmart (10-0, 4) [สะท้านเมืองเล็ก ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท], aka Tanawat Nakoon, battle against experienced Filipino foe Crison Omayao (24-18-4, 8) in a bout for the OPBF silver Light Flyweight title.
Sadly Omayao won't be able to win the title, after failing to make weight today for the bout against his Thai foe.
The Thai made the 108lb limit with no issues, though Omayao came in at 110lbs.
Omayao was then unable to reduce his weight afterwards, making him ineligible to win the title, even if he does defeat the Thai.
A second title bout on this show will see Kanyarat Yoohanngoh (4-2, 2) face off with Japan's Umi Ishikawa (7-2, 5) [石川海] in a contest for the OPBF silver Female Minimumweight title. The Thai made the 105lb limit whilst Ishikawa was 102lbs for the bout.
(Image courtesy of Phet Yindee Boxing Promotion / Thairec)
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