The second of 6 title fights from the Ota City General Gymnasium today saw youngster Yume Hirayama (5-0) [平山 夢] repeat her debut win, out pointing Marina Sayama (4-2-1, 2) [佐山万里菜], and claim the Japanese female Flyweight title.
Hirayama established her jab quickly and almost instantly set the distance for the bout behind her straight shots. It was a smart start for the 19 year old and saw her get her nose in front before Sayama could settle. Rather than letting her older opponent in to the fight Hirayama continued to be busy, and took round 2. She did slow however in round 3, as Sayama began to get her shots off a touch quicker than she had earlier.
Knowing she was behind Sayama began to try and turn things around, and the fight notably changed with Sayama cutting the distance from round 4. The pressure from Sayama saw her have some success, though in reality she still struggled to have much success.
After 6 rounds it seemed like Sayama had closed the scores in the second half. The judges however were unimpressed by her effort, with each of them scoring the bout 59-55 to Hirayama, who takes her second win over Sayama and the Japanese title!
The Ota City General Gymnasium plays host to 6 title fights tomorrow. The most low key of those is a rematch between Yume Hirayama (4-0) [平山 夢] and Marina Sayama (4-1-1, 2) [佐山万里菜], who fight for the vacant Japanese Female Flyweight title.
Today the two fighters took part in their weigh in and both fighters easily made the Flyweight limit.
On the scales Hirayama, who won the first bout between the two and is ranked #2 by the JBC, was 111.25lbs. The baby faced youngster made weight with no issues and spoke confidently of having a repeat win over Sayama.
Sayama came in a little bit heavier, and notably taller, weighing in at 111.5lbs for the bout. She spoke about winning the title to bring joy to those who have helped her, and it seemed like she is feeling she owes her team here.
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December 31st 2019 will, of course, be the end of the year...in fact it will be the end of a decade, and it appears that the fight fans in Japan will be going out with one of the most stacked cards of the year.
We've known that New Year's Eve show was a world title triple header for a while. The most recent of the world title fights being announced for the card saw Miyo Yoshida (13-1) [吉田 実代] announce she would be risking her WBO female Super Flyweight title against China's Li Ping Shi (5-2, 2). That bout rounded off a triple header that also featured WBO Flyweight champion Kosei Tanaka (14-0, 8) [田中恒成] defending his title against awkward Chinese challenger Wulan Tuolehazi (13-3-1, 6) [乌兰] and WBO Super Flyweight champion Kazuto Ioka (24-2, 14) [井岡一翔] taking on mandatory challenger Jeyvier Cintron (11-0-0-1, 5).
As well as the world title bouts we also knew that WBO Asia Pacific Minimumweight champion Ginjiro Shigeoka (4-0, 3) [重岡銀次朗] would be defending his belt against former world title challenger Rey Loreto (25-14, 17). We also knew that unbeaten youngster Yume Hirayama (4-0) [平山 夢] would be facing Marina Sayama (4-1-1, 2) [佐山万里菜], for the Japanese Female Flyweight title.
Today we learned that yet another title bout had been squeezed on to the card, some how, with Japanese Super Bantamweight champion Yusaku Kuga (19-3-1, 13) [久我勇作] announcing he would be fighting for the WBO Asia Pacific Super Bantamweight title. Kuga not only revealed he was on the card, but that he would be clashing with Filipino fighter Jhunriel Ramonal (16-8-6, 9), who has seemingly got this opportunity following his huge upset win in October against former world title challenger Shingo Wake.
With 6 title bouts now on the card it's hard to imagine how the decade could end in a better fashion for fight fans who can get to the Ota City General Gym in Tokyo.
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Today the Japanese boxing media was invited to a press conference to announce the upcoming OPBF female Super Bantamweight title fight between Ayumi Goto (5-0, 4) [後藤あゆみ] and Kim Actub (4-6-1, 3), which will take place on March 15th at the Korakuen Hall.
Goto admitted she was nervous of getting a title fight, and didn't expect to get one so quickly in he career, but sounded confident that her boxing should be too much for Actub and that she was improving physically all the time.
Goto was the key boxer at the press conference but she wasn't the only one there, with upcoming debutant Marina Sayama (0-0) [佐山 万里菜] also attending the press event, ahead of her bout against Itose Ishii (2-4, 1) [石井 愛世].
By it's self that wouldn't have been a story, however Sayama had actually been a soccer player in Japan before retiring a few years ago. Since retiring she has turned her attention to boxing and her bout with Ishii has recieved some notable interest from the Japanese press as a result, with several teams mates commenting on her change of career. Despite the drastic change in sport she sounded confident of taking her fitness to the ring and having a succesful debut.
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