Tomorrow in Japan fans will be able to see the talented and unbeaten Kasumi Saeki (3-0, 2) [佐伯霞] go for a world title in her 4th professional bout, as she faces Elizabeth Lopez (6-1-4, 1) for the WBO female Minimumweight title.
Today the two fighters took part in their weigh in and both fighters comfortably made the 105lbs limit.
On the scales Saeki, who only made her debut last May, was 103lbs, well under the Minimumweight limit and only 1lb over the Atomweight limit. Despite coming in so light she looked in great condition, really relaxed and with the full belief of her promoter.
The promoter for the Japanese youngster is Masato Yamashhita, who spoke glowingly of Saeki “I am delighted that the gym will be able to perform a women's show for the second time, following last December. From now on, I think Saeki will be a driver of women ’s boxing in Japan. I will practice well, so I hope to win well tomorrow. "
Lopez, who looked the more physically powerful fighter, was much heavier, coming in at 104.5lbs. She looked strong, but she will clearly be the under-dog for the bout.
Interestingly Saeki chose to fight with red gloves whilst Lopez will be fighting in blue gloves, with both selecting Winning gloves.
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Over the past few weeks we've seen various rumours and stories break from the Shinsei Gym, including yesterday's reveal on their website of Real Spirits 63.
For those unaware Realy Spirits 63 was on their website and revealed that the unbeaten Kasumi Saeki (3-0, 2) [佐伯霞] would face Mexican Elizabeth Lopez (6-1-4, 1) for the WBO female Minimumweight title.
That title had become vacated when Saeki's stablemate Etsuko Tada (18-3-2, 5) [多田悦子], vacated to pursue a WBC world title, with Tada fighting Kanyarat Yoohanngoh (5-2, 3) in a WBC eliminator. Both of those bouts will be on the same card, and will take place at the EDION Arena Osaka, on April 27th.
Today both of those bouts were officially announced at a press conference by the Shinsei who also confirmed that Reiya Konishi's (17-1, 7) [小西伶弥] battle against IBF Light Flyweight champion Felix Alvarado (34-2, 30) would take place on May 19th in Kobe, at the Portopia hotel.
This bout had been in the works for months, and was originally rumoured to be on the April card, before being pushed back to the following month. It will be Alvarado's first defense of the title and Konishi's second world title bout, following a loss to Carlos Canizales in 2018.
The head of the Shinsei Gym, Masato Yamashita, began the press conference:
“My main character Saiki will participate in the WBO Women's World Minimum Class Championship at the main event on April 27. This title was given by Atsuko Tada 3 Tada will be on the 20th, and Tada will hold the WBC World Women's Minimum Class Challenger, aiming for a four-group victory on the same day, and on May 19 Minoru Konishi will challenge the IBF world title match It was decided by the nomination challenge as it is the only one who will play the world title in Kansai, and both men and women will do their best so that they can continue so as not to light the light of the world war in Kansai. All three of us are welcome to take the win, as they may be muddy" [Google translated]
Konishi, who is in really tough told reporters “I am grateful to the chairman for the second chance, and I am practicing and thinking about what I am missing after losing to the world match, by trial and error. I have not made boxing yet, but now I am the strongest. I think it will be a tough match, but I will take on a strong feeling to capture," [Google translated]
Saeki stated: "I didn't think I could get a chance so quickly," adding "I want to get a good chance to be a world champion here." and "This time the other party is smaller than myself. I would like to defeat my boxing and win" [Google translated]
As for Tada "Now, the condition is very good. I think that the other party has a difference in power, so I want to win well and go to the world,"[Google translated]
It's also worth noting that the Kobe card has a notable chief support bout, as Kenichi Horikawa (39-15-1, 13) [堀川 謙一] defends his Japanese Light Flyweight title against Masashi Tada (13-5-3, 8) [多田雅].
What hasn't yet been confirmed is the broadcast information of the two shows. It's been rumoured that WOWOW will show the May card, though the April show may end up Boxing Raise.
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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)
Reliable sources in Japan have informed us that Shinsei Gym are targeting a stacked card for April 27th, with details for the show still being kept relatively quiet.
Today it was announced that Kasumi Saeki (3-0, 2) [佐伯霞], who claimed the WBO Asia Pacific female Minimumweight title last year, would be on the show in a world title bout, against a yet to be named opponent. It's since been rumoured that the show will also feature Reiya Konishi's (17-1, 7) [小西伶弥] long speculated bout with IBF Light Flyweight champion Felix Alvarado (34-2, 30).
Konishi Vs Alvarado, has been in talks for a while, as the IBF mandatory title fight at 108lbs. Alvarado has made it known that he is expecting the bout to take place in Japan, before a return in the summer to unify with WBO champion Angel Acosta (19-1, 19). That however is not a given, and Konishi is no push over, having given Carlos Canizales a much tougher bout than most. It will be an action packed bout, given the styles of the two men, and could end up be a fight of the year contender.
The bout had long been rumoured for "March or April" and it would appear to make sense to have it on this card, which could also feature the ring return of Shun Kubo (13-1, 9) [久保隼], who has been out of the ring since April 28th 2018, when he beat Hiroshige Osawa. Kubo was unfortunately forced to pull out of a December bout, but will eager to get back in the ring.
Another expected to be on this card is WBO female Minimumweight champion Etsuko Tada (18-3-2, 5) [多田悦子], though as a stablemate of Saeki she won't be defending her about against the unbeaten upstart.
More details on this show are expected to be revealed shortly, but it does appear almost certain to be a stacked card.
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