Tomorrow fight fans at the Korakuen Hall will get the chance to see the third meeting between Ayaka Miyao (22-7-1, 6) [宮尾 綾香] and Nao Ikeyama (18-4-3, 5) [森脇恵子], who will be fighting for the WBA "interim" Atomweight title.
So far the bouts between the two women have both ended in stoppage wins for Ikeyama, though one was early in the careers of both woman, whilst the the second came in a freak incident that saw Miyao suffering a genuinely nasty leg injury, preventing her from continuing.
Today the two fighters took part in their weigh in, and both fighters comfortably made the 102lb limit.
On the scales Ikeyama, a former WBO Atomweight champion, weighed 99.9lbs and despite closing in on her 50th birthday it's clear she stays in very, very good shape. Miyao on the other hand, herself a former WBA Atomweight champion, was 101.4lbs.
For fans unable to make their way to the Korakuen Hall, this card will be made available on demand on boxingraise over the coming days.
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Earlier today the brilliant Boxingraise revealed their scheduled for November, which will include 7 shows in total, one of which will be live.
The live show will be on November 10th and is a really good show headlined by Ryuichi Funai (30-7, 21) [船井 龍一] fighting in an IBF Super Flyweight world title eliminator against Mexican fighter Victor Olivo (15-2-1, 7). As well as that bout the card will also feature a strong support including Shuya Masaki (10-1, 5) [正木脩也] against Izuki Tomioka (5-1-1, 1) [富岡樹], a Japanese Youth Lightweight title bout between Shawn Oda (9-0, 8) [小田翔夢] would face off with Seiryu Toshikawa (10-4, 6) [利川聖隆] and a Japanese Youth Minimumweight title bout between Yuga Inoue (7-0-1, 1) [井上夕雅] and Kai Ishizawa (4-0, 4) [石澤開].
The tape delay cards, which are usually put up 1 to 7 days after they take place, will include the November 16th card headlined by Japanese Light Flyweight champion Tetsuya Hisada (32-9-2, 19) [久田 哲也], defending against Akihiro Toya(8-4, 1) [戸谷彰宏]. The November 20th card "Victoriva Vol 3", which is headlined by Ayaka Miyao (22-7-1, 6) [宮尾 綾香] having her third bout with Nao Ikeyama (18-4-3, 5) [森脇恵子], for the WBA "interim" Atomweight title, and the November 25th show, headlined by Richard Pumicpic (21-8-2, 6) defending the WBO Asia Pacific Featherweight against unbeaten teenager Musashi Mori (7-0, 5) [森 武蔵].
Whilst none of these shows are the jaw dropping things that the end of year cards are set to be, they are solid shows for what is a genuinely busy month in Japan!
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Yesterday we reported 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. Sadly however that bout has already been cancelled.
The bout was planned, and was sanctioned by the relevant authorities, but Alcarron has sadly picked up an injury before the bout was officially announced.
The injuries to the champion have seen plans change and instead of Miyao Vs Alcarron for the regular title we'll see Miyao take on former foe Nao Ikeyama (18-4-3, 5) [森脇恵子] for the interim title, with Ikeyama ending a short retirement.
These two fighters fought in in 2016, when Miyao was stopped in 6 rounds due to a nasty knee injury that sidelined her for more than a year. Miyao has only fought a low key comeback fought since then whilst Ikeyama has fought twice, going 0-1-1 and losing the WBO Atomweight title in the summer. After her loss in summer Ikeyama stated her intention to retire but it seems this opportunity has given the 49 year old one final roll of the dice in her storied career.
Although this isn't the bout Watanabe were planning it's hard to be disappointed at the match up, given Miyao has a chance to avenge her loss and letting Ikeyama get a chance to prove she can beat Miyao without the need for a freak finish.
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Tomorrow in Kyoto fight fans will be able to see a WBO Atomweight title fight, as veteran champion Nao Ikeyama (18-3-3, 5) [池山直] battles against Mika Iwakawa (7-5-1, 3) [岩川美花]. For Ikeyama this will be her 7th defense of the title whilst Iwakawa be looking to claim a world title in her second shot, and will be seeking to avenge a prior defeat to Ikeyama.
Today the two fighters took part in their weigh in for the contest, and both made weight for the bout.
On the scales On the scales the champion was well under the limit, weighing in at just 101lbs for the contest. Despite being comfortably under the limit this isn't the lightest she's been, and she was actually just 99.5lbs for her last defense, just over a year ago. Despite being a 48 year old she in great shape and not looking ready to give up the title, but she did look very small, even at the smallest weight in professional boxing.
The challenger on the other hand made weight and came in spot on the 102lb limit. At the weigh in she looked much bigger than the champion, have several inches of height advantage and a naturally thicker, wider, look to her. She's no spring chicken herself, at 35 years old, but she's more than a decade younger than the champion an showed she could hang at world level when she gave Yunoka Furukawa absolute hell in December 2016.
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Back in May we reported that WBO Atomweight champion Nao Ikeyama (18-3-3, 5) [池山直] would be returning to the ring on July 29th to make her 7th defense of the title, taking on Mika Iwakawa (7-5-1, 3) [岩川美花]. Today that bout was officially announced, with the team of the champion confirming the contest.
The bour will be the second meeting between the two, with Ikeyama having narrowly beaten Iwakawa back in December 2013, in a 6 round bout. Since then Ikeyama has gone has gone 5-0-2, claiming and defending the WBO Atomweight title 6 times and become the oldest reiging world champion, at the age of 48. The champion is looking to continue her title reign beyond her 49th birthday, in September, and could well become the oldest world champion in the history of the sport.
As for Iwakawa she has gone 4-2, with a very notable yet competitive loss to Yunoka Furukawa in a bout for the WBA Atomweight title in December 2016. She has only fought once since that loss, beating a very limited Thai foe in 4 rounds last October.
This bout will headline one of 5 shows in Japan on July 29th, and will take place in Kyoto at the KBS Hall
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