In Okinawa tomorrow fight fans will be able to see Tenkai Tsunami (25-12, 14) [天海 ツナミ] make her first defense of the WBO female Light Flyweight title as she takes on Filipino challenger Gretchen Abaniel (18-9, 6). Today the two women took part in their weight in for the contest, and both fighters made weight for the bout.
On the scales the defending champion, now enjoying her second reign as a world champion, was bang on the limit of 108lbs and looked full of excitement and confidence. She spoke about being motivated about fighting back in Okinawa, for the first time in almost a decade and that she was wanting to put on a fun fight for the crowd. She also stated that whilst she does respect the speed of Abaniel she is confident of scoring a KO win over the Filipino challenger.
Abaniel, who was also on the limit of 108lbs, stated that she has had 3 months of training for the bout and that she respects the champion but is also aiming to score a stoppage. If she can manage to stop Tsunami, who has never been stopped in her 37 fight career, it would be a huge statement from Abaniel and show that a move to the Light Flyweight division is something that she really should have done a few years ago. Sadly though Abaniel has been picking up losses at Atomweight and Minimumweight, where she has lost in numerous world title bouts..
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Earlier this year Japan's Tenkai Tsunami (25-12, 14) [天海 ツナミ] became a 2-weight world champion, as she stopped Chaoz Minowa to claim the WBO female Light Flyweight. Today saw the announcement of Tsunami's first defense, which is now set to take place in Okinawa on July 29th, and will see the champion battle against Filipino foe Gretchen Abaniel (18-9, 6).
Prior to winning the WBO title, back in March, had held the WBA female Super Flyweight title. She had held that title from 2009 to 2012, losing it to compatriot Naoko Yamaguchi. After a number of failed title challenges she seemed like a spent force but would roll back the clock to stop Minowa in 8 rounds to claim her second world title. That win saw Tsunami end a 4 fight losing run in world title fights, including the loss to Yamaguchi.
Abaniel on the other hand has been a regular challenger on the world level, but is yet to claim her first world title. The Filipino has come up short in bouts for the WBA, WBO and IBF female Minimumweight titles, as well as the WBA Atomweight title. Despite those losses she has proven herself a competitive fighter at that level and will know that this is another chance to prove herself.
At the moment no details in regards to supporting bouts have been announced, though we are expecting those details in the coming weeks.
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Tomorrow fight fans at the Korakuen Hall will get the chance to see a new WBO female Light Flyweight champion being crowned, as former Japanese amateur standout Chaoz Minowa (5-0, 4) [チャオズ箕輪] battles former WBA female Super Flyweight champion Tenkai Tsunami (24-12, 13) [天海 ツナミ] for the vacant title.
Today the two fighters took part in their weigh in for the contest, and both fighters came in under the 108lb limit, in fact both camein at an identical 107.6lbs, and both looked great shape for the bout.
The contest will see Tsunami attempt to become a 2-weight champion and the veteran has seemed confident through the build up, oriignally wanting to fight Naoko Fujioka for the title before Fujioka vacated the belt. The veteran lost the WBA title at 115lbs back in the Summer of 2012, and despite challenging for various titles since then she has come up short against a number of top fighters, with those bouts all coming on the road.
For Minowa, a multi-time All-Japan amateur champion this contest will be her first world titl fight, though she has impressed since her debut in the professional ranks and has already won an OPBF title, and spoken confidentally about winning a huge number of world title bouts across a wide number of weights. This is, on paper at least, her first real test and she'll know that she needs to win if she's to fulfil her claim of becoming a 9 weight champion, which still sounds as crazy as when she made the original statement.
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Earlier today saw the official line up for the "Victoriva Vol 1" show, set for March 8th at the Korakuen Hall. The announcement confirmed a number of bouts and revealed others, to give us a staggering 6 title bouts on the show, which comes only 5 days after Hinamatsuri, also known as "Girls Day" or "Doll's Day".
The first 3 title bouts set for the card were all Japanese female title bouts. These were a Bantamweight title bout between Miyo Yoshida (8-1) [吉田 実代] and Kai Johnson (5-11-3, 2) [カイ ジョンソン], with Yoshida defending her title for the first time, a Flyweight title bout between Yuki Koseki (5-4, 1) [小関 有希] and Yumemi Ikemoto (4-1) [池本 夢実] and a Japanese Atomweight title fight between Sana Hazuki (6-2-1, 2) [葉月 さな] and Nanae Suzuki (5-2-1, 1) [鈴木 菜々江].
We then saw an OPBF title being confirmed, with the confirmation of an OPBF Female Minimumweight bout between Saemi Hanagata (13-7-4, 7) [田中冴美] and Erika Hanawa (8-1, 3) [塙英理加], both of whom have come up short in recent world title fights. The winner of this will likely get another shot at a world title whilst the lower will have to climb back up the rankings and could be a year or two from getting a shot.
One of the world title bouts is for the WBO female Light Flyweight title and will see former Japanese amateur standout Chaoz Minowa (5-0, 4) [チャオズ箕輪] take on Tenkai Tsunami (24-12, 13) [天海 ツナミ] in what should be an absolute barn burner for the vacant title, which was vacated last year by Naoko Fujioka.
The other world title bout will see WBO female Minimumweight champion Kayoko Ebata (11-7, 6) [江畑 佳代子] defending her title against Korean veteran Ji Hyun Park (22-2, 6). For Ebata the bout will be her first defense whilst Park will be fighting for the first time in over 2 years, and will be seeking one of the biggest wins of her career.
The card, for those interested in watching it, will be featured on Boxingraise.com.
Earlier today Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen Hall, as well as subscribers to the Boxingraise service, had the chance to see former Japanese amateur standout Chaoz Minowa (5-0, 4) [チャオズ箕輪] return to the ring for the first time since May 2017.
The talented Japanese 30 year old was up against Thai southpaw Superball Sithsaithing (0-2) and needed little time to feel her way into the bout. Almost immediately Minowa was applying intelligent pressue on her foe, cutting off the ring well and looking to land her powerful right hand. Before the first round was over she had dropped the Thai with a vicious combination and looked like she was intent on having a short night. The Thai had made it out of the opening round but Minowa had no intention of letting her see out the second round, landing a vicious series of body shots before Superball dropped for the second time, and was counted out.
Following the bout Minowa stated she was looking for a world title fight later this year, and it seems her focus is on the WBO Female Light Flyweight title. Last year we saw Tenkai Tsunami (24-12, 13) [天海 ツナミ] become the mandatory for that belt, which is now vacant following Naoko Fujioka giving up the title last year.
It nows seems like we could see a potentially thrilling clash between Minowa and Tsunami for the title, later this year, in what would be a genuinely enthralling contest.
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