The rising star was school girl fighter Fuka Komura (5-0, 2) [小村楓香], who was there to talk about her November 20th bout with fellow unbeaten Jun Yabuki (8-0,4) [矢吹純]. The bout, for the Japanese female Minimumweight title, will see a new champion being crowned, and will push the winner as one of the faces of female boxing in Japan.
The young Komura seemed confident at today's event, a long way from the young teenage who rose eye brows a few years ago when she debuted and seemed a bit of an emotional mess. She seems to have grown as a woman and a fighter and looked very much like a fighter looking to really announce her self to a wider audience. The bout with Yabuki isn't a career maker, but it's a major bout all the same, and will be a bout which will push her towards a potential world title fight.
As well Komura there was also an appearance from former WBC female Flyweight champion Shindo Go (16-4, 11) [真道ゴー], who now goes by the name Masaru Hashimoto. The former female fighter, who has under-gone gender realignment and is now a man, announced that they had retired from boxing, but didn't call a total end on their career, stating that he now has a dream of fighting as a man. The reality is that Go knows a win against a professional man whould be an achievement, and it seems like it's a dream that is seriously in play, but just not at the moment. He stated that they don't think they can beat a man, but he won't know without trying and want to go up against the challenge.
Although retired there is still hunger for the sport, whilst helping run a company whilst attempts to improves the lives of disabled children, and a comeback cannot be ruled out for the 30 year old.
(Image courtesy of daily.co.jp)