Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall fight fans had the chance to see a female only card, "Victoriva 3". Among the fighters on the card was former female amateur standout Mizuki Chimoto (1-0, 1) [千本瑞規], who successfully began her career with a stoppage victory.
As an amateur Chimoto ran up a 45-12 record, fighting on the international as well as the domestic one. Those skills she honed in the amateur ranks were on show almost immediately with a really relaxed looked to her boxing. Her Thai opponent, Kannika Bangnara (1-1, 1), had come to win but was quickly tagged clean as Chimoto showed off her skills, timing and movement, landing at will with her right hand over the top.
To her credit the Thai proved to be tough, taking some really hurtful shots in round 1, but by the end of round 2 it was clear she was wilting and a stoppage was on the way. The offensive of the visitor had totally shut down, and she was in total survival mode. In round 3 the Thai's toughness finally gave up, after a right hand to the body dropped her, and the referee immediately waved off the bout.
Despite this being Chimoto's debut it's clear she's a very talented fighter and she has the potential to go a very long way, it's just going to question of "when" she'll get into title contention, rather than if she does.
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Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall a number of fighters took part in their B license pro-test. One of those was former professional kick boxer Yanako Taniyama [谷山佳菜子], who had gone 16-3 as a kick boxer.
In October 2016 Taniyama suffered a serious injury to her knee and despite having a lot of time to rehab the injury she has never fully recovered, despite having had multiple surgeries to help with the injury. Due to the injuries her kick boxing career was essentially over but she didn't want to walk away from combat sports.
Instead of retiring Taniyama went to Tokyo this past May and visited the Watanabe gym, who have helped her prepare for today's test and will be promoting her career going forward.
Her pro-test saw her share the ring with former female amateur stand out Mizuki Chimoto [千本瑞規], who went 45-12 in the amateur ranks and had placed in the top 3 at several All Japan Women Championships.
Both fighters looked a little nervous but both are expected to have done enough to gain the B-class licenses and pass the tests.
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