Earlier today at the Kagoshima Arena, Kagoshima fight fans had the latest show in the Kagoshima Soul Boxing. Sadly it lead to mixed success for locally born fighters.
In the main event fans saw Naoya Haruguchi (15-10, 6) [春口直也] suffer an upset loss to the often-overlooked Filipino Lito Dante (15-10-4, 7).
Dante, applied pressure from early on and really attacked the body of Haruguchi, who tried to box and move in the early going. As the fight went on Haruguchi began to fight back with body shots of his own before starting to wilt late on.
Amazingly one judge gave Haruguchi the bout, scoring it 97-95 in his favour, though they were over ruled by the other two judges who scored the contest 96-94 to Dante. Even those cards to the Filipino visitor seemed like they had been influenced by the home town crowd cheering on Haruguchi, who was second best through much of the fight.
The co-feature was better for locals fans as Kagoshima born Tokyo based fighter Miyo Yoshida (11-1) [吉田 実代] made her first defense of the OPBF female Bantamweight title. The talented Yoshida, who holds both the OPBF and Japanese females titles, scored a clear decision win over Thai challenger Phannaluk Kongsang (4-7-1, 2).
Yoshida, who had only won the title in August, out worked and out fought Phannaluk, though credit to the Thai who showed no quit and always looked to try and fight back against the talented, but light punching, champion.
On August 20th we saw Miyo Yoshida (10-1) [吉田 実代] become a double champion, as she unified the Japanese female Bantamweight title with the OPBF female title. Despite that bout only taking place a few days ago Yoshida's first OPBF defense is already set, and will take place on September 30th in her birth place of Kagoshima.
Although boxrec doesn't list her opponent for the bout, which will take place on Kagoshima Soul Box Vol 8, we've been informed that it will Thai fighter Phannaluk Kongsang (4-6-1, 2).
The Thai is 0-2 in Japan, having lost to Yuko Henzan and Tamao Ozawa, and will clearly be seen as a safe opponent for Yoshida, which may explain why she has had such a quick turn around following her title win. Notably this will be the Thai's third shot at a world title, having twice fought Henzan for the OPBF Bantamweight title fighting to a loss and a draw.
Notably the bout between Yoshida and Phannaluk will only be the card's chief support bout, with the main event being a 10 round non-title contest, between Naoya Haruguchi (15-9, 6) [春口直也] and Filipino Lito Dante (14-10-4, 7). This will be Haruguchi's first bout since he lost a 10 round decision in July against Tatsuya Fukuhara, though he did notably defeat Filipino Jeffrey Galero back in March, in his only bout against a Filipino.
Dante on the other hand will be fighting in Japan for the second time, having previously had a technical draw with Takumi Sakae. Although his record doesn't look amazing he has mixed with very good company, including the likes of Vic Saludar, twice, Simphiwe Khonco, Tibo Monabesa and Jesse Espinas.
One other bout on this card that's worth noting is an all Japanese bout between between Wolf Nakano (4-7-4) [中野玄悠] and Mako Matsuyama (8-13-2, 3) [松山真], in what should be a fun contest between exciting but limited fighters.
Earlier today in Tokyo fight fans had the chance to see Japanese female Bantamweight champion Miyo Yoshida (10-1) [吉田 実代] face off with Filipino visitor Gretel de Paz (5-4, 2) in a bout for the OPBF female Bantamweight title. For Yoshida the bout was a chance to add to the Japanese title she won last year, when she upset Tomomi Takano [高野 人母美], whilst de Paz was looking to claim the biggest victory of her career.
Unsurprisingly it was the local who was victorious, becoming a double champion and claiming the Oriental title.
The bout started competitively with a close opening round before de Paz picked up the tempo in round 2, and took the fight to Yoshida's body with some solid shots to the mid-section of the Japanese fighter. The competitive nature of the bout began to chance in round 3 when Yoshida began to make his physical strength and size matter, landing somr hard shots of her own. The success of Yoshida in round 3 grew in round 4 as she continued to build some momentum and was leading on two of the score cards when they were announce, leading 39-37, twice, whilst the third judge had the bout even.
Yoshida's control of the action continued in round 5 as she dictated the pace and tempo of the bout, until the two fighters clashed heads. The headclash resulted in Yoshida suffering a nasty cut which was immediately looked at by the doctor, who waved the bout off, with 21 seconds of the round remaining.
Despite the fighters not completing round 5 all of the judges scored the round to Yoshida, who would be awarded the technical decision with scores of 49-46, twice, and 48-47 to claim her second professional title, and move a step closer to getting a world title fight.
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Last year fight fans in Tokyo, and those with Boxingraise, saw Miyo Yoshida (9-1) [吉田 実代] score an upset win over Tomomi Takano [高野 人母美] to claim the inaugural Japanese female Bantamweight title. It was a huge win for Yoshida, who was a real unknown before that fight. Tomorrow she will be looking to build on that win as she takes on Filipino visitor Gretel de Paz (5-3, 2) in a bout for the vacant OPBF female Bantamweight title.
Today the two ladies took part in their weigh in and both fighters came in comfortably under the 118lb limit.
The 30 year old Yoshida was the heavier fighter, hitting the scales at 117.3lbs. Despite being well under the limit she looked in fantastic shape and in fact it looked like she could drain down at least another division if she wished. She stated that she has improved from her domestic title win, and despite only making 1 defense it seems clear she's hungry for bigger and better fights.
The 25 year old visitor from the Philippines was just 116.2lbs, closer to the Super Flyweight limit than the Bantamweight one. Despite being the under-dog, and fighting in Japan for the first time, de Paz sounded like a fighter who feels she can win, and she hasn't come to roll over for Yoshida. Interestingly this is the 5th time she has fought outside of the Philippines in 6 fights, having had recent fights in Malaysia, Australia, Macao and the Chinese mainland.
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Earlier today Japanese boxing saw history being made as we had the first ever Japanese female title fight took place at the Korakuen Hall.
The bout in question saw former world title challenger Tomomi Takano (10-3, 7) [高野 人母美] take on the little known Miyo Yoshida (8-1) [吉田 実代], with the two fighting for the newly created Japanese female Bantamweight title.
On paper it was easy to favour Takano, she had competed at a higher level and was much taller and rangier than Yoshida. Surprisingly however it was Yoshida who managed to make an impression in the first round, cutting the distance and causing Takano to fight on the back foot. To her credit however Takano roared back with a good round two, controlling the distance with her height and reach to clearly take the round.
Sadly for Takano her success in round 2 was quickly forgotten with Yoshida taking rounds 3 and 4 on all the cards as she again cut the distance, outworked Takano. The aggression and willingness to battle inside was the difference, with Takano simply unable to keep up with the shorter fight, who clearly seemed to be the better fighter, especially up close.
Takano did manage to have some success in the final round, but by then it was too little too later, and Yoshida had done more than enough to secure the win, with all 3 judges scoring the bout 58-57 to her, and letting her make her mark in boxing history.
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