On Saturday in Mexico fight fans will be able to see the rematch between Japan's Terumi Nuki (10-3, 7) [ぬき てるみ] and WBC female Bantamweight champion Mariana Juarez (49-9-4, 18), who fought last year with Juarez taking a clear win.
On Friday the two fighters took part in their weigh in and both managed to make the 118lb limit with no problems, with Nuki coming in around 1lb under the limit, whilst looking in great shape and very confident. The usually relaxed Juarez seemed to be playing up for the cameras with her smile whilst the challenger looked a little bit more tense and tried to appear more serious than the champion.
The challenger spoke to the press and stated she wanted to show "Yamato Soul" and she had worked on a game plan that was less based on trying to land single big shots and more focused on putting punches together in combinations to try and out work and break down the champion.
Although the game plan of making Juarez fight at Nuki's pace is one that could work, it is worth noting that Juarez is no slouch and she often controls the tempo and range of the fight. She has a wealth of experience, knows how to control the ring and is very highly skilled.
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Earlier this week saw an announcement regarding the next bout for Japanese female puncher Terumi Nuki (10-3, 7) [ぬき てるみ], who has secured her third world title fight.
The hard hitting fighter from the Hiroki Ioka gym will be facing off with Mexican star Mariana Juarez (49-9-4, 18) on August 11th in a bout for the WBC Bantamweight title, in what will be a rematch of a 2017 bout between the two fighters. When they first met Nuki lost a wide decision, but did have moments of success in a credible losing effort.
Since their first bout Nuki has gone 1-1, losing a wide decision to IBF female Super Flyweight champion Debora Anahi Dionicius back in February and destroying an over-matched Thai foe in May. It's hard to see what Nuki has done to get a third world title fight so soon after losing in two bouts at that level.
As for Juarez she has notched up 3 defences since beating Nuki. It is worth noting that she is now 38 and father time may well catch up on her sooner rather than later, especially given the fact she has had 62 professional bouts and been involved in 455 professional rounds.
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Later today we'll see Terumi Nuki (9-2, 6) [ぬき てるみ] battle IBF female Super Flyweight champion Debora Anahi Dionicius (26-0, 6) in Argentina. Yesterday the two fighters took part in their weigh in for the contest, and both fighters came in comfortably under the limit.
On the scales the champion was 113.75lbs, more than 1lb under the limit, and looked in great shape and very confident. That confident isn't just because of her unbeaten record but also the fact that she hunting an 11th world title defense and will be strongly backed by her local fans.
The Japanese challenger was slightly heavier, coming in at 114.2lbs. Although she was the visiting fighter it was Nuki who left the press talking as she weighed in with writing over her face, which was toshow her Samurai Spirit. It was certain a unique and striking look from the visitor who is looking to claim a world title in her second challenge at this level.
For fans interested in watching the contest it will be aired on TYC Sports later today.
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Last year we saw Japan's Terumi Nuki (9-2, 6) [ぬき てるみ] come up short against Mexican icon Mariana Juarez in a bout for the WBC female Bantamweight title. Despite that set back Nuki has remained hungry and today it was announced that she would be getting a second shot at a world title in February.
The announcement today was that Nuki would traven to Argentina next month to face off with IBF female Super Flyweight champion Debora Anahi Dionicius (26-0, 6) on February 17th.
The Japanese fighter claimed her biggest win last April, when she claimed the OPBF female Super Flyweight title, but the loss to Juarez in July did slow her momentum and she hasn't fought since that loss.
Dionicius claimed the IBF title back in November 2012 and has made an incredible 10 defenses of the title. Despite her unbeaten record and long reign she doesn't have many notable names on her record, with her best wins being victories oiver Neisi Torres and Simona Galassi, good fighters but not sensational ones.
Although the champion will be favoured, we're expecting her to be made to work for the win here in what could be a very fan friendly battle at the Gimnasio Municipal Enrique Mosconi.
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Later today in Mexico we'll see Japanese warrior Terumi Nuki (9-1, 6) [ぬき てるみ] take a huge step up in class as she faces Mexican icon Mariana Juarez (45-9-4, 17) for the WBC female Bantamweight title, with Juarez seeking to defend the belt.
Today the two fighters took part in their weigh in and both made weight.
On the scales both women were comfortably under the Bantamweight limit, showing that neither were really Bantamweights and in fact both have fought much of their careers at 115lbs. Despite that both looked like they had put in a lot of preparation for the bout.
At the weigh in a confident looking Juarez seemed like she was in her element, posing for the cameras. Despite being 37 she's still looking in great shape and it's obvious that she hasn't over-looked the relatively unknown Nuki, who really is a mystery for those outside of Japan.
Although the under-dog Nuki sounded confident of picking up the win here and spoke like a confident fighter who is determined to take the title home with her, and score one of the most surprising upsets of the year.
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