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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Earlier today fight fans at the Korakuen Hall saw OPBF and JBC female Bantamweight champion Miyo Yoshida (12-1) [吉田 実代] successfully defending her national title, as she out-pointed #1 contender Yoshie Wakasa (6-1, 2) [若狭与志枝]over 6 rounds.
Although the bout looked like a good one on paper, it turned out to be a bit too one sided, with Wakasa not having any answer to Yoshida's clean punching, movement and tactical clinching.
The bout was competitive in the early moments, but Yoshida quickly took control, dominating the bout until taking her foot off the gas in the final round.
Their was no doubting the winner, with Yoshida taking the decision 60-54, and 59-55, twice.
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Tomorrow Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen Hall will get the chance to see OPBF and JBC female Bantamweight champion Miyo Yoshida (11-1) [吉田 実代] defending her Japanese title against #1 contender Yoshie Wakasa (6-0, 2) [若狭与志枝].
Today the two fighters took part in their weigh in, and both made weight with ease.
On the scales Yoshida was 117.73lbs whilst Wakasa was 117.29lbs, despite looking the bigger fighter.
Yoshida was wary of Wakasa's strengths, talking about her being strong and having unique timing, but seemed to feel confident that she would win and progress to world level. Wakasa also seemed relaxed and confident, stating she would fight her usual fight.
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Earlier this month we reported that OPBF Atomweight champion Eri Matsuda (2-0) [松田恵里] would be facing Japanese champion Nanae Suzuki (8-2-1, 1) [鈴木 菜々江] on March 13th at the Korakuen Hall in an OPBF/JBC female title unification bout. We can announce that there will be a second title fight on that show, which will be "Victoriva Vol 4".
That title fight will see OPBF and JBC female Bantamweight champion Miyo Yoshida (11-1) [吉田 実代] facing off with JBC #1 ranked contender Yoshie Wakasa (6-0, 2) [若狭与志枝]. We've been informed that the Japanese title will be on the line for this bout, in a 6 rounder, though it's unclear if the contest will also double as an OPBF title defense for Yoshida.
Aside from the two title bouts, the rest of the card will only be 4 round bouts, and all will be female contests, as is the theme of the Victoriva shows.
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