Earlier today at the EDION Arena Osaka, fans saw OPBF Female Featherweight champion Wakako Fujiwara (9-3-2, 3) [藤原芽子] successfully defend her title as she took a technical decision win over against Yoshie Wakasa (6-2, 2) [若狭与志枝].
The bout began well for Fujiwara, who made the most of her jab and size advantages over Wakasa. The challenger however was still full of gusto and late in round 3 Wakasa landed a big left hook that dropped the champion. Wakasa would again have success in round 4, with her aggression taking her the round.
As we entered round 5 the open scoring kicked in and Wakasa was leading 38-37 on all 3 cards. It was was then down to Fujiwara to show her champion spirit, and she did, fighting back hard in rounds 5, 6 and 7. The hard fighting saw Wakasa suffering a cut from a clash of heads in round 6. Sadly that cut would curtail the bout when the doctor looked at it late in round 7 and stopped the contest.
The fight back by Fujiwara proved vital, with the judges scoring the bout in her favour with scores of 67-64, twice, and 67-65.
After getting the win Fujiwara stated she was delighted and wanted to fight for a world title again. Her promoter, Masato Yamashita, seemed impressed by his charge, and the way she battled back following the knockdown. Wakasa on the other hand seemed disappointed, but also gave credit to the champion.
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Tomorrow fight fans in Osaka will get the chance to see OPBF Female Featherweight champion Wakako Fujiwara (8-3-2, 3) [藤原芽子] defending her title against Yoshie Wakasa (6-1, 2) [若狭与志枝].
Today the two women took part in their weigh in, and both made the 126lb Featherweight limit with no issues at all.
The champion, the taller fighter, came in at 125.5lbs and looked in great shape for the bout, which will serve as her second title defense.
Wakasa was even lighter on the scales, at around 125.25lbs. She looked confident, but seemed much smaller than Fujiwara, which is no surprise given she has fought much of her career at Bantamweight, and looked like she was carrying extra weight into this fight.
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Tomorrow we'll see Hyun Mi Choi (16-0-1, 4) [최현미] make her 7th defense of the WBA female Super Featherweight title, as she takes on Japanese challenger Wakako Fujiwara (8-2-2, 2) [藤原芽子] in Incheon.
Today, ahead of their bout, the two fighters took part in their weigh in, and both of the fighters came in under the 130lb divisional weight limit.
On the scales the defending champion was 130lbs, hitting the scales at the maximum allowed. She looked in great shape and seemed very confident of continuing her reign, and her unbeaten record. The challenger on the other hand was slightly under the limit, coming in at 129.63lbs, and seemed relaxed for what is, by far, the biggest fight of her career.
If Fujiwara can pick up the win, at the age of 38, she'll put her self on the map even at such ad adavanced age. She is however a big under-dog againce Choi, who famously won the WBA female Featherweight title on her debut back in 2008 as a teenager.
For fans wanting to watch this bout it will be aired on Korea sports channel MBC Sports+, from 3PM local time,
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After weeks of hearing that unbeaten Korean fighter Hyun Mi Choi (16-0-1, 4) [최현미] was in talks to defend her title in late June we can now confirm all the details of her bout, including the date, location and opponent.
The unbeaten WBA female Super Featherweight champion will be making her 7th defense of the title on June 29th in Incheon, at the Dongin Women's Junior High School, and will be up against Japanese challenger Wakako Fujiwara (8-2-2, 2) [藤原芽子].
Choi, a refugee from North Korea who as fought in South Korea for her entire professional career, is best known for winning a world title on debut and is enjoying a reign in her second division, having began her career at Featherweight. Sadly, given her talent, she is frustratingly inactive, with just 8 fights in the last 5 years, including just a single bout in 2018. She's got star potential, but the KBA, for whom she fights under, simply don't put on enough shows to keep her busy.
Fujiwara on the other hand is a former JBC and OPBF unified champion at Featherweight, who vacated the Japanese title earlier this year to continue her OPBF reign. She's talented, and is riding a 8 fight unbeaten run, though this is a major step for her and isn't just her first world title bout but also her first bout outside of Japan.
We've been told that along with this main event there will also be a KBA title fight on the show in the chief support bout, though we've not been given the full details of that bout at the time of writing.
Earlier today it was announced that Japanese female fighter had vacated the JBC female Featherweight champion Wakako Fujiwara (7-2-2, 2) [藤原芽子], though would continue as the OPBF champion whilst hunting a world title fight.
The 37 year old from the Shinsei Gym had won botht he JBC female and OPBF titles last year, unifying the belts with a win over veteran Kimika Miyoshi in July, and then defending the OPBF belt in a rematch against Miyoshi in December.
Fujiwara's bout is yet to be announced, though speculation is that she will be added to the yet to be officially announced April 27th Shinsei show, and will be defending the OPBF title on this show.
The vacancy is expected to be filled by a bout between Asami Jinnari (6-3-1, 3) [神成麻美] and Miki Mitsuda (4-5, 3) [満田美紀], who fought last year with Jinnari stopping Mitsuda in 3 rounds. These are the #1 and #2 ranked fighters with the JBC, and should make for the best bout on paper.
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