Earlier today fight fans at the Korakuen Hall saw a new champion being crowned as Japanese national champion Wakako Fujiwara (6-2-2, 2) [藤原芽子] claimed the OPBF female Featherweight title, and out-pointed former champion Kimika Miyoshi (13-11-1, 5) [三好喜美佳] in a competitive 8 round contest.
Fujiwara looked to set the pace from the off and took the fight to Miyoshi who was forced to fight off the back foot. Miyoshi managed to land one or two decent shots but was out worked, out fought and came off second best as Fujiwara established an early lead.
After 4 rounds the scores were announced and they had Fujiwara in the lead with scores of 40-36 and 39-37, twice. It was a well deserved lead for Fujiwara, but the scores seemed to kick start Miyoshi, who looked to up the pace. To her credit Fujiwara matched the pace until round 7 hen Miyoshi finally managed to find some success before the two went toe-to-toe in round 8, in what was an excellent final round.
Given Fujiwara's lead at the midway point it was clear she had done enough to take the win, with the judges scores of 78-74, twice, and 77-75 all in her favour.
With the win the 37 year old Fujiwara has unified the Japanese female and OPBF female Featherweight titles. Sadly for Miyoshi it's hard to see where she goes from this loss.
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Tomorrow fight fans at the Korakuen Hall will be able to see OPBF female Featherweight champion Kimika Miyoshi (13-10-1, 5) [三好喜美佳] defending her title, as she faces Japanese female Featherweight champion Wakako Fujiwara (5-2-2, 2) [藤原芽子], in what will be the chief support bout on a card headlined by a Japanese Flyweight title fight.
Today the two ladies took part in their weigh in and both comfortably made the 126lb limit.
On the scales the champion was 125lbs, a full 1lb under the divisional limit. Despite being light it should be noted that Miyoshi has had a strange career, having won OPBF titles at Bantamweight, Super Featherweight and Featherweight and having fought just 2 fights ago at Super Bantamweight, and won't be over-drained for this bout. At the weigh in she seemed very confident and spoke about getting another world title bout in the future.
Fujiwara was also under the limit, but came in at 125.7lbs and also had room to spare. This is about the same weight as she's been in her last 3 bouts, which have ranged from 125.5lbs to 126lbs. She's aware she's stepping up in class but seemed to feel her work ethic would be her key strength coming in to this bout.
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In recent months we've seen a growth in the attention that female boxing has got, particularly in the west, with a number of amateur stars turning professional. These have included the likes of Nicola Adams, Katie Taylor and Claressa Shields, among others. Despite those amateur stars all turning professional the female side of boxing is still getting massively over-looked, and you'd be hard pressed to know that there is a world title fight taking place in Korea tomorrow.
That title fight will see Hyun Mi Choi (13-0-1, 4) [최현미] defending her WBA female Super Featherweight title against Japanese challenger Kimika Miyoshi (13-9-1, 5) [三好 喜美佳].
Today the ladies weighed in for their bout, and both managed to make weight at the weigh in, allowing the contest to go ahead as a title bout.
Although both did make weight we haven't yet been made aware of the specific weights for the two fighters, sadly.
The bout, for those interested, will be televised on KBSN Sports at 14:10 local time.
Choi defends WBA crown against Miyoshi!
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According to the KBA website there is a date set for Hyun Mi Choi (13-0-1, 4) [최현미] to return to the ring to defend her WBA female Super Featherweight title. The Korean defector, who was raised in the North before being smuggled to South Korea as a teenager, is scheduled to defend her WBA title on April 15th at the Siheung Indoor Gymnasium in Gyeonggi-do.
The champion will be making the 4th defense of her title and will be taking on Japanese challenger Kimika Miyoshi (13-9-1, 5) [三好 喜美佳], who was last seen suffering a decision loss to former Choi foe Shannon O'Connell.
The Korean hasn't defended the title since March 2016, though has since claimed the WBF title, with many in Korea putting the focus on the lack of funding for boxing in Korea as the reason for her not defending the title more often. Despite the lack of activity the champion has been a notable success in regards to defectors from the North and is a 2-weight champion, having claimed her first title on her debut.
As for Miyoshi she's a 3-weight OPBF champion, having won titles at Bantamweight, Super Featherweight and Featherweight, and has previously challenged for a world title, at Bantamweight. At 33 years old she's a veteran, but she has improved with age and is a long way from being the fighter who was 3-5-1 (2) after her first 9 bouts.
Earlier today Nitta Gym announced a show set to take place in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, on November 20th. The card will feature 8 bouts in total, 3 of which will be amateur bouts, 3 will be 4 rounders and 2 will be 6 rounders, as well as an exhibition featuring Kimika Miyoshi (13-9-1, 5) [三好 喜美佳].
The card will be held under the auspices of WBC Asia, due to the lack of a professional body in Vietnam, and will be aired in Vietnam on VIEW TV.
Sadly the line up of Japanese fighters on the card isn't the best, in fact it's actually a pretty weak line up with the main event fighter being Ryo Hino (8-1-1, 4) [日野 僚], who we think will be facing Tran Van Thao (2-0) in one of the 6 rounders.
Despite the less than flattering line up it's a first step in bringing professional boxing to Vietnam and could potentially awaken the countries boxing scene, who could be a chance to see yet another country join the boxing mix.
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