Earlier this month we reported that OPBF Atomweight champion Eri Matsuda (2-0) [松田恵里] would be facing Japanese champion Nanae Suzuki (8-2-1, 1) [鈴木 菜々江] on March 13th at the Korakuen Hall in an OPBF/JBC female title unification bout. We can announce that there will be a second title fight on that show, which will be "Victoriva Vol 4".
That title fight will see OPBF and JBC female Bantamweight champion Miyo Yoshida (11-1) [吉田 実代] facing off with JBC #1 ranked contender Yoshie Wakasa (6-0, 2) [若狭与志枝]. We've been informed that the Japanese title will be on the line for this bout, in a 6 rounder, though it's unclear if the contest will also double as an OPBF title defense for Yoshida.
Aside from the two title bouts, the rest of the card will only be 4 round bouts, and all will be female contests, as is the theme of the Victoriva shows.
Earlier today we were informed that OPBF Atomweight champion Eri Matsuda (2-0) [松田恵里] would be facing Japanese champion Nanae Suzuki (8-2-1, 1) [鈴木 菜々江] on March 13th at the Korakuen Hall, on a show under the Victoriva banner.
The unbeaten Matsuda made her debut last August, when she defeated Hana Hazuki in a competitive contest. She then took the OPBF Atomweight title by beating Minayo Kei in December, in a very impressive 8 round performance. The win saw Matsuda show fantastic boxing skills, and despite being such a professional novice she does appear to have a very complete and competent professional style.
Suzuki on the other hand has been around for a while, making her debut in March 2016. She lost 2 of her first 3 bouts, but has since battled back amazingly well, going 7-0-1 and avenging every set back she has had along the way. Last march Suzuki would win the Japanese Atomweight title with a decision win over Sana Hazuki, and since then she has defended the belt twice.
There are at least one more big bouts expected for this show, which will only feature female bouts, but it is yet to be announced.
Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall fight fans had the chance to see Japanese Atomweight champion Nanae Suzuki (8-2-1, 1) [鈴木菜々江] successful make her second defense of the title, as she over-came the heavy handed Sayaka Aoki (4-4-2, 3) [青木沙耶香].
The two fighters had met prior to today's bout, with Aoki actually stopping Suzuki back in September 2016, needing 3 rounds to stop Suzuki.
Today Suzuki put on a mature performance, starting well and never really looking back, with only round 3 clearly going to Aoki. That was despite one judge some how scoring the bout even at 57-57. Thankfully the other judges both scored it 59-55 for Suzuki, who really did seem to out work, out skill, out speed and out think the hard hitting but slower Aoki.
Suzuki won the title this past March, when she took a razor thin win over Sana Hazuki and with two defenses now under her belt we wouldn't be surprised to see her moving on to regional titles in the near future.
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Earlier today we were informed that former WBA Atomweight champion Ayaka Miyao (22-7-1, 6) [宮尾 綾香] would be getting a chance to reclaim that title on November 20th as she takes on incumbent champion Monseratt Alcarron (11-4-2), at the Korakuen Hall on a Watanabe promoted card.
The popular 35 year old Japanese fighter held the belt from February 2013, when she defeated Mari Ando for the belt, until October 2015, when she lost in a unification bout with WBC champion Momo Koseki. During her reign she defended the title 5 times, whilst fighting for the Ohashi gym. After losing the title she transferred to the Watanabe gym and would challenger WBO champion Nao Ikeyama in December 2016, though unfortunately suffered an horrific knee injury in that bout that saw her out of the ring for 18 months. This will only be her second bout since suffering that injury.
Mexican fighter Alcarron on the other hand won the title last time out, when she took a decision over Mayela Perez in August. Prior to that win she had also held the WBO Flyweight title, actually winning that belt in Japan in April 2017 when she defeated Nana Yoshikawa. Sadly Alcarron's reign with the WBO title was a short lived one, as she lost the belt in her first defense.
This is a fantastic match up and will be one of two female title fights, with the other being a Japanese female Atomweight title bout between defending champion Nanae Suzuki (7-2-1, 1) [鈴木菜々江] and Sayaka Aoki (4-3-2, 3) [青木沙耶香].
Back on April 10th we saw the award winners being announced for March's monthly Japanese awards. Today those award winners were honoured with a ceremoney at the Korakuen Hall.
The monthly MVP was Japanese Super Bantamweight champion Yusaka Kuga (16-2-1, 11) [久我勇作], following his opening round win over Ryo Kosaka (15-4-1, 7) [小坂遼] in a mandatory title defense. His plans for the future have been known for a while, and we know he will return to the ring on July 27th to defense his Japanese title against Shingo Wake (24-5-2, 16) [和氣 慎吾], with the plan being to move into a world title fight following that contest.
The Fighting Spirit award was won by Kuga's OPBF counter part Hidenori Otake (31-2-3, 14) [大竹 秀典], who stopped hard hitting Filipino challenger Brian Lobetania (13-5-3, 11). The former world title challenger turns 37 in July but still seems hungry to become a world champion and suggested that he was still getting better. His plans for the future haven't yet been revealed but it's clear he's not thinking of retirement quite yet.
Japanese Atomweight champion Nanae Suzuki (6-2-1, 1) [鈴木菜々江] claimed the Newcomer award courtesy of her win over Sana Hazuki (6-3-1, 2) [葉月さな]. She revealed that she would be back in the ring in July to defend her title, and encouraged fans to attend the bout if they could.
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