Earlier today fight fans at the Korakuen Hall saw a new Japanese female Minimumweight champion being crowned as former amateur stand out Mizuki Chimoto (2-0, 1) [千本瑞規] over-came Chie Higano (8-9-1, 2) [日向野知恵] to claim a 6th round majority technical decision, becoming a Japanese champion in just her second professional bout.
The talented Chimoto, uses her jab and footwork early on to try and neutralise the pressure of Higano, who looked to press the action from the opening moments. Higano's pressure came at a cost in round 2, when she was caught by several uppercuts that left her nose bloodied as the bout went on. Despite the damage Higano was taking their was no doubting her fire, and she had a strong round 3, pressing the action and getting shots off with Chimoto slowing down a touch.
Chimoto fought back well in rounds 4 and 5, though it did seem like Higano's experience and pressure was starting to take it's toll as we entered the 6th and final round.
Unfortunately a headclash early in round 6 saw us going to the scorecards after 33 seconds of the round. Those scorecards favoured Chimoto, with scores of 59-56, twice, and 57-57.
With her win today Chimoto seconds a Japanese national title record and draws level with the fewest fights for a Japanese fighter to win a title record, matching Eri Matsuda who won an OPBF title in her second bout.
Tomorrow fight fans at Korakuen Hall will see Japanese female Minimumweight champion Chie Higano (8-8-1, 2) [日向野知恵] looking to defend her title. In the opposite corner to the champion is touted former amateur stand out Mizuki Chimoto (1-0, 1) [千本瑞規], who looks to leave her stamp on the sport very early in her career.
Today the two ladies took part in their weigh in and both, thankfully made weight for the bout at 105lbs.
The champion was the lighter fighter, with Higano hitting the scales at around 104.5lbs and looking in great shape. The challenger, also in great shape, was slightly heavier at around 104.75lbs.
Higano spoke confidently and showed a real fire in her words, almost like a loss was unthinkable here against Chimoto. Chimoto on the other hand spoke more like a fighter who knew the tactics she was going to use, explaining that she had to be sharp and it seems like she's accept she will be fighting off the back foot against a typically aggressive Higano.
If Chimoto wins she will set a Japanese title record, fewest fights to a Japanese title, and tie Eri Matsuda's Japanese record of fewest fights to any title, which Matsuda set when she won the OPBF Atomweight title last year.
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On June 25th we'll see a pretty interesting Japan Vs Korea card, with 4 bouts pitting fighters from the two countries against each other. Whilst those are the main bouts there is a very interesting all Japanese bout set for the show, in what is actually the show's only title bout.
That title bout will see Japanese female Minimumweight champion Chie Higano (8-8-1, 2) [日向野知恵] defending her title against professional novice Mizuki Chimoto (1-0, 1) [千本瑞規].
For Higano this bout will be her first defense of the title, which she won back in February, by narrowly out pointing Yumi Narita over 6 round. As for Chimoto, a former amateur standout, the bout gives her a chance to become a champion in just her second bout.
A win would likely see Chimoto racing away to bigger and better fights very soon, but this is a genuine test for the Watanabe Gym hopeful.
On June 25th we'll be getting a really interesting Japan Vs Korea card, with a host of bouts between novices from the two countries. Those international bouts aren't the only thing on the show of value however and we also get a Japanese female title bout.
The title bout in question will see Japanese female Minimumweight champion Chie Higano (8-8-1, 2) [日向野知恵] defending her title against novice professional Mizuki Chimoto (1-0, 1) [千本瑞規].
For Higano the bout will be her first defense of the title, a title she won in February when she defeated Yumi Narita, in their second bout. She is a former world title challenger and despite a less than great record she is a solid fighter at domestic level and could be too much too soon for Chimoto.
As for Chimoto she is no ordinary 1-0 fighter, as she's one of Watanabe Gyms best kept secrets. As an amateur she went 45-12 and is hotly tipped by those at the gym as a future female star, much in the same as as Eri Matsuda and Kasumi Saeki are for their respective gyms.
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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