Earlier today Japanese fans at the Korakuen Hall got a day of ladies as Dangan gave us "Dangan Ladies 3", a full show dedicated to female boxing.
Whilst ehc ard had a number of title bouts one of the biggest stories actually involved a woman who wasn't fighting on the card. That was WBO female Minimumweight world champion Kumiko Seeser Ikehara (9-1-2, 3) [池原シーサー久美子] who officially hung up her gloves to concentrate on out of the ring activities, including being a mother.
A tearful Ikehara seemed to be aware that her retirement was a huge decision and the crowd showed their respect and admiration for the fighter who achieved success in both the amateur and professional ranks.
The 3s year old didn't have a particularly long career but claimed the world title in September 2014 and recorded 4 defenses of her belt before making the decision to walk away from the sport after around 5½ years as a professional.
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Over the last few weeks it's been as if we've been drip fed information regarding the year ending Japanese shows, however today we saw JBC leak a little bit of information that has raised some eye brows.
That is the fact that Woz boxing will be promoting a world title triple header on December 31st at the Shimazu Arena in Kyoto, Kyoto, finally putting a venue and promoter to the IBF Super Bantamweight title fight between Yukinori Oguni (18-1-1, 7) [小國 以載] and defnding champion Jonathan Guzman (22-0-0-1, 22).
Last week we saw Oguni announce that he would be challenging Guzman in Kyoto, with the announcement certainly coming as a bit of a surprise, however the fact the JBC are listing the show as a triple world title show is a real surprise.
Whilst we know a lot of fighters will be in action around that time of year we can't imagine that either WBA Flyweight champion Kazuto Ioka's (20-1, 12) [井岡一翔] or WBO Super Flyweight champion Naoya Inoue (11-0, 9) [井上 尚弥] and we know several other champions aren't set to fight again this year, with other champions already booked for a show in Tokyo on the same day.
That leaves us wondering who the other two world title bouts will feature. The obvious choice is Woz's own fighter Shohei Omori (17-1, 12) [大森 将平], afterall why would Woz be involved unless their star man was set for a world title bout, but it's hard to see what title he could be fighting for given that he's only currently ranked by the WBC, and their is no way Omori will be facing Shinsuke Yamanaka (26-0-2, 18) [山中慎介] or Hozumi Hasegawa (36-5, 16) [長谷川 穂積] in December.
Whilst there is a chance at least one of the bouts could be a female title bout, featuring either WBO female Minimumweight world champion Kumiko Seeser Ikehara (9-1-2, 3) [池原シーサー久美子] WBO Atomweight champion Nao Ikeyama (17-3-2, 4) [池山直] it does seem like Woz have worked on sorting out something big and we may be in for something a little bit unexpected being announced in the very near future.
Tomorrow fight fans in Tokyo will get the chance to see a WBO females Minimumweight title fight between defending champion Kumiko Seeser Ikehara (8-1-2, 3) [池原シーサー久美子] and veteran challenger Kayoko Ebata (9-6, 5) [江畑 佳代子].
Today those two fighters weighed in for their bout and both made weight for the contest.
On the scales Ikehara was bang on the limit, weighing in at 105lbs for the bout. The weight was the same as the champion has been in 6 of her last 7 bouts, including her title win and 3 subsequent defenses of the belt.
As for Ebata the veteran came in at around 104½lbs, which is surprisingly the lightest recorded weight of her career. Given the 40 year old will almost certainly know this will be her final chance to claim a world title it's clear she has prepared incredibly hard for the bout and given her all in the build up to the contest.
For fans not in Tokyo the bout will be featured on delay on boxingraise with subscribers able to watch the contest from Thursday.
Ebata in last chance saloon as she faces rematch with Ikehara
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Earlier this week Dangan boxing confirmed that their streaming service boxingraise.com will be airing the upcoming "Dangan Ladies Vol 2" from the Korakuen Hall.
The card, which takes place on September 21st, will be headlined by the rematch between WBO female Minimumweight champion Kumiko Seeser Ikehara (8-1-2, 3) [池原シーサー久美子] and challenger Kayoko Ebata (9-6, 5) [江畑 佳代子], who is expected to retire if she loses. It will also feature the debut of Ayako Minowa [箕輪 綾子] and a step up for Ayumi Goto (4-0, 3) [後藤あゆみ].
Sadly for those hoping to tune in live the show will not be aired live but instead on a recorded delay and will be view-able from September 22nd.
Dangan have also confirmed that they will feature the September 4th "Apollo Theatre Boxing" card, which will also be recorded and uploaded for fans to watch a day after it takes place. The headline bout of this card sees the unbeaten and promising Takuya Uehara (9-0, 6) [上原 拓哉] battle against the much more experienced Katsuhiko Kanno (9-9-7, 4) [菅能 克彦] in what looks like a good test for the youngster.
Back in July we reported that a rematch between WBO female Minimumweight champion Kumiko Seeser Ikehara (8-1-2, 3) [池原シーサー久美子] and Kayoko Ebata (9-6, 5) [江畑 佳代子] had been set for September 21st. At the time however little was known about the card, other than the man event.
Today we were informed about the under-card, which is set to be an all female card under the "Dangan Women's" banner.
The main under-card bout will feature Ayumi Goto (4-0, 3) fighting in her first 6 rounder. The Southpaw who debuted last November will be trading blows with a Thai opponent, though sadly we know little about the Thai. So far Goto has been near perfect and shown her talent both at home, with 3 bouts in Japan, and on the road, winning against Wondergirl Sithsaithong in Thailand.
The second main under-card bout will be the debut of former amateur stand out Ayako Minowa [箕輪 綾子] who also faces a Thai that we know nothing about in a 6 rounder. Although we've no real idea who the Thai is the focus here is clearly on the debutant who some are suggesting will be fast tracked following her excellent amateur pedigree, which saw her fighting in several women's world championships. As with Goto's bout this is a scheduled 6 rounder.
All the other bouts on the card are scheduled for 4 rounds
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