Earlier today our Japanese sources informed us that Japan's Tamao Ozawa (13-4, 5) [小澤瑶生] was now set to get her second world title bout, with the Kyoto based fighter returning to the ring on March 10th to take on German veteran Raja Amasheh (20-1-1-1, 4) for the vacant WBO female Super Flyweight title.
The bout, which will be held Karlsruhe, Germany, will be Ozawa's third bout outside of Japan and following contests in Sri Lanka and Mexico. As for Amasheh, who is actually based in Karlsruhe, this will be her 5th bout there and her first in the area since 2011.
For Ozawa the bout comes less than a year after her split decision loss to Su Yun Hong, in a bout for the WBO female Light Flyweight title. That bout saw the Japanese fighter fighting at a career low weight, having regularly fought at Super Flyweight, where she won the OPBF title back in 2015 with a win over Terumi Nuki. With this bout being at 115lbs we expect to see a better performance from Ozawa than she showed against Hong, though that was far from a poor outing by Ozawa.
Sadly for the Japanese fighter she is stepping in there with a more proven fighter than Hong. The 35 year old Amasheh is a former WBC Silver Flyweight champion who has mixed with the likes of Eva Voraberger, Teeraporn Oannimitt and Ana Arrazola, who took a close decision win over Amasheh in 2016. Notably however she hasn't fought since March 18th last year, and may have some ring rust coming in to this bout.
At the moment little else is set for this card, though for the two women involved in the main event the under-card really won't matter as they will both be looking to focus on becoming a world champion.
Tomorrow fight fans in Kyoto will get the chance to see a world title fight, as Tamao Ozawa (14-3, 4) [小澤 瑶生] battles with Korean foe Su Yun Hong (14-1-1, 7) [홍서연] in a bout for the vacant WBO female Light Flyweight title. Today, ahead of that bout, both fighters took part in their weigh in and both made weight.
On the scales Ozawa came in at a career low of 108lbs. The Japanese fighter, who is a former OPBF Super Flyweight champion, looked in good shape despite being so light compared to the rest of her career which has typically been fought as a Super Flyweight. She seemed confident and proud of her fan base, which have supported her through her up and down career.
Hong, a former WBO female Minimumweight champion, came in at 108lbs and also sounded confident as she stated she would become a 2-weight champion. She has held a minor titleat Light Flyweight but this is a big chance for her to hold a second major title and it seems clearshe has been putting in the preparation, whilst also showing real respect to Ozawa.
For fans interested Ozawa will be fighting in white gloves whilst Hong will be wearing black.
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Ealier today Japanese sources reported that OPBF female Super Flyweight champion Tamao Ozawa (14-3, 4) [小澤 瑶生] will be dropping down to Light Flyweight for her next bout, scheduled for May 14th. The Japanese fighter will take on former WBO female Minimumweight champion Su Yun Hong (14-1-1, 7) [홍서연], in a bout for the currently vacant WBO female Light Flyweight title.
For Ozawa the bout will be her first world title bout, but see her fighting against a world class fight for the second time following a loss last year to Mariana Juarez. The talented Japanese fighter has won two bouts since the loss to Juarez and will be dropping to a career lowest weight for this bout, giving her a likely weight advantage over Hong.
As for Hong the bout sees her getting her first "big 4" world title bout since losing the WBO Minimumweight title way back in 2014 to Mako Yamada in Korea. Since her sole loss Hong has gone 5-0-1 (2), though has really been fighting against limited novices on the whole since that loss. Notably for the Korean the bout will be her first bout outside of Korea since a 2012 bout in Macao, which saw her beat Buangern Onesongchaigym.
For fans interested, this bout will take place in Kyoto.
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As the present moment there are two on going cards in Japan, each headlined by a pair of world title fights. One of those cards is a Woz promoted show in Kyoto, with the main events from the card set to be aired live on TBS.
The under-card for the show has featured several notable names, with their results likely have an effect on the boxing scene for 2017.
The first of those notable fighters was OPBF female Super Flyweight champion Tamao Ozawa (14-3, 4) [小澤 瑶生] who took a clear 6 round decision win over compatriot Yuki Koseki (4-2) [小関 有希]. The bout looked a mismatch on paper though ended up being a good work out for Ozawa who will be looking to either defend her title next year or potentially fight for a world title.
The second of the notable names was JBC and OPBF ranked Super Flyweight hopeful Masayoshi Hashizume (12-0, 9) [橋詰 将義] who scored a 4th round KO win over Thai visitor Chatpetch Saithonggym (0-1). The Thai came to fight, and credit to him, but Hashizume soon took control of the bout and hurt the Thai in reound 3 before finishing him the following round, with the Thai being counted out at the 2 minute 38 second mark of round 4. Hashizume will almost certainly be looking to get into the title mix in 2017 though Ioka do seem to be moving him very gradually considering he won Rookie of the Year back in 2014!
Another Japanese fighter beating a Thai was the world ranked Sho Ishida (23-0, 12) [石田 匠], who defeated Petchnamnung Srisaketpattana (0-1)* in 2 rounds. The Thai, we have been told was ranked #8 in Thailand, was never really in the bout and Ishida before Ishida closed the show in the later stages of the second round round. It now looks almost certain that Ishida will get a world title fight in 2017, and in fact his #1 WBA ranking may mean that a figth with Britain's Kal Yafai could happen, potentially in Spring when Ioka would be expected to hold their next show.
In a Japan Vs Philippines bout fans saw the world ranked Shohei Omori (18-1, 13) [大森 将平] take card of veteran Rocky Fuentes (35-9-2, 20) in 3 rounds. Omori, who was originally slated to fight for the IBF Bantamweight title on this show, took some of his furstrations out on the much smaller Fuentes and now looks set to figth for a world title in 2017, potentially with Lee Haskins who he was originally meant to face on this card.
*Given the Thai's ranking it would seem likely that boxrec.com have an incomplete record for Petchnamnung.
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