Tomorrow fight fans at the EDION Arena Osaka will get the chance to see WBO female Minimumweight champion Kayoko Ebata (12-7, 6) [江畑佳代子] defending the belt against former WBA and IBF champion Etsuko Tada (17-3-2, 5) [多田悦子].
Today the two fighters too part in their weigh in, which has a certain playful edge to it, with both very relaxed and friendly. The two have sparred and trained together in the past and that history appears to have seen both become quite close.
At the weigh in both fighters came in at 104.3lbs and made weight comfortably, easily coming in under the 105lb limit.
As well as the weigh in the two took part in their signing ceremony today and picked their gloves. Both will be fighting in 8oz Winning gloves, with Ebata picking red gloves and Tada fighting in blue gloves.
Despite their being a friendliness to the whole event both seemed to make it clear that they were coming to win, and put on an exciting fight and it's obvious that both are determined to walk away as the WBO champion tomorrow.
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Earlier today Shinsei gym held a press conference to announce their second card for December 1st, making it one of the most stacked days for Japanese boxing in 2018.
The bouts that were announced today included two regional title fights and the next bout of a former champion.
One of the bouts announced is a WBO Asia Pacific Light Flyweight title fight, which will see Reiya Konishi (16-1, 6) [小西伶弥] make his first defense, as he faces off with Richard Rosales (13-7-2, 7). The Japanese warrior won the belt earlier this year, beating Orlie Silvestre, and is always a fun fighter to watch. He will be favoured strongly, with Rosales not expected to really test him, but the bout could be very action packed.
A second WBO Asia Pacific bout will take place at Super Featherweight as Masao Nakamura (24-3, 23) [仲村正男] and Carlo Magali (23-10-3, 12) trade blows for the vacant title. Both men are former OPBF champions and both will know that a win here will take them closer to a world title fight. Nakamura, who lost to Masayuki Ito earlier in his career, is a massive puncher whilst Magali is a tough guy who presses the action, so we're expecting a real thriller here.
A third bout announced today sees former WBA Super Bantamweight champion Shun Kubo (13-1, 9) [久保隼] facing off with Indonesian journeyman Noldi Manakane (33-25-2, 18), in what appears to be a stay busy bout for Kubo ahead of a big 2019.
Prior to today's announcement Shinsei had announced a quadruple header of female title fights for December 1st, including an OPBF Atomweight title bout between Eri Matsuda (1-0) [松田恵里] and Minayo Kei (6-3, 1) [慶美奈代] , a WBO Asia Pacific female Minimumweight title bout between Kasumi Saeki (2-0, 1) [佐伯霞] and Wassana Kamdee (3-4, 2) and a WBO female Minimumweight title bout between Kayoko Ebata (12-7, 6) [江畑佳代子] and Etsuko Tada (17-3-2, 5) [多田悦子].
Notably these bouts won't be on a mega show, but will instead be two shows on the same day at the same venue, the EDION Arena Osaka, by the same promoter. But both shows look incredibly stacked. The female card is "Real Spirits Vol 60" whilst the male card will be "Real Spirits Vol 61".
Related - Shinsei announce quadruple header for December 1st!
Earlier today the Shinsei gym announced a rare quadruple header for December 1st, which will take place at the EDION Arena Osaka.
The 4 title bouts on on the show will all be female title bouts, with 3 regional title bouts and a world title bout all on the card.
One of those regional title bouts will see Eri Matsuda (1-0) [松田恵里] attempt to create history by becoming an OPBF champion in just her second bout, which would be a Japanese record. The former amateur stand out will be up against Minayo Kei (6-3, 1) [慶美奈代] for the OPBF Atomweight title.
As well as the OPBF Atomweight title fight there will also be a bout for the OPBF female Featherweight title, as Kimika Miyoshi (13-11-1, 5) [三好喜美佳] challenges Wakako Fujiwara (6-2-2, 2) [藤原芽子], who actually took the belt from Miyoshi back in July.
The other regional title bout will see Kasumi Saeki (2-0, 1) [佐伯霞] take on Wassana Kamdee (3-4, 2) for the WBO Asia Pacific female Minimumweight title. This looks to be a mismatch, given that Saeki was a top amateur, but given this is so early in her career we can't complain about her opponent too much, especially as this is clearly a bout used to step Saeki up towards a world title fight.
Talking about world title bouts the main event will be a world title bout as Kayoko Ebata (12-7, 6) [江畑佳代子] defending the WBO female Minimumweight title against Etsuko Tada (17-3-2, 5) [多田悦子]. This should be a really exciting war between too world class veterans each looking to record another big win for their long careers.
At the moment it's unclear how fans outside of the venue will be able to watch these fights, though it would seem ridiculous not to have these bouts available to watch, either through a streaming service or on some form of television broadcast.
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Tomorrow fight fans at the Korakuen Hall will get the chance to see WBO female Minimumweight champion Kayoko Ebata (11-7, 6) [江畑 佳代子] make her first defense of the title, as she battles Korean veteran Ji Hyun Park (22-2, 6).
Today the two fighters took part in their weigh in for the contest, and both fighters made the 105lbs weight limit with some ease.
The champion was the heavier fighter on the scales, coming in at 104.7lbs. She looked in very good shape for a woman in her 40''s andf it's clear that she knows a loss here will probably end her career. She has been a repeated title challenger, before winning the title last year, and will not want to give the belt up. She admitted that she was feeling tension and that she has long felt that her career is on the edge of a cliff, essentially admitting that she can't afford to lose the title.
As for Park, who hasn't fought in over 2 years, she spoke about her IFBA title reign, though this will be a chance to claim a "big 4" recognised title. She was even more under the limit, coming in at 103.6lbs and looking in terrific shape for what really will be a career defining contest. She has been unbeaten in over a decade and will be looking to extend that streak here.
Veteran Ebata looks to defend against Korean foe Park
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Earlier today saw the official line up for the "Victoriva Vol 1" show, set for March 8th at the Korakuen Hall. The announcement confirmed a number of bouts and revealed others, to give us a staggering 6 title bouts on the show, which comes only 5 days after Hinamatsuri, also known as "Girls Day" or "Doll's Day".
The first 3 title bouts set for the card were all Japanese female title bouts. These were a Bantamweight title bout between Miyo Yoshida (8-1) [吉田 実代] and Kai Johnson (5-11-3, 2) [カイ ジョンソン], with Yoshida defending her title for the first time, a Flyweight title bout between Yuki Koseki (5-4, 1) [小関 有希] and Yumemi Ikemoto (4-1) [池本 夢実] and a Japanese Atomweight title fight between Sana Hazuki (6-2-1, 2) [葉月 さな] and Nanae Suzuki (5-2-1, 1) [鈴木 菜々江].
We then saw an OPBF title being confirmed, with the confirmation of an OPBF Female Minimumweight bout between Saemi Hanagata (13-7-4, 7) [田中冴美] and Erika Hanawa (8-1, 3) [塙英理加], both of whom have come up short in recent world title fights. The winner of this will likely get another shot at a world title whilst the lower will have to climb back up the rankings and could be a year or two from getting a shot.
One of the world title bouts is for the WBO female Light Flyweight title and will see former Japanese amateur standout Chaoz Minowa (5-0, 4) [チャオズ箕輪] take on Tenkai Tsunami (24-12, 13) [天海 ツナミ] in what should be an absolute barn burner for the vacant title, which was vacated last year by Naoko Fujioka.
The other world title bout will see WBO female Minimumweight champion Kayoko Ebata (11-7, 6) [江畑 佳代子] defending her title against Korean veteran Ji Hyun Park (22-2, 6). For Ebata the bout will be her first defense whilst Park will be fighting for the first time in over 2 years, and will be seeking one of the biggest wins of her career.
The card, for those interested in watching it, will be featured on Boxingraise.com.
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