Earlier today fight fans in Himeji saw a new Japanese Female Minimumweight champion being crowned, as veteran Chie Higano (8-7-1, 2) [日向野知恵] narrowly over-came Yumi Narita (3-3-3, 1) [成田佑美] in what was a second bout between the two women, who had fought to a draw last year.
Narita started well, taking the opening round with her movement and speed. Sadly for her Higano settled into the bout, pressing the action afterwards and clearly took round 2 to get on level pegging. She then began to really move through the gears and despite one judging give round 3 to Narita there was no slowing Higano's charge through the middle rounds, with a couple of the judges having her sweeping rounds 2-5.
Narita would have success in the final round, as she closed the gap on 2 of the cards but by then it was too little too late for her to get the node.
The cards were read out, with Higano winning 58-56 on 2 of them, and losing 58-56 on the third, form a judge who had only given Higano rounds 2 and 4.
Tomorrow fight fans in Japan will be able to see Chie Higano (7-7-1, 2) [日向野知恵] battle against Yumi Narita (3-2-3, 1) [成田佑美] in their second bout, as both fighters look to become the new Japanese female Minimumweight title champion. Last year the two women fought to a draw as they looked to fill the title vacancy in October, and they will both be looking to have a clear winner this time around.
Today the two women took part in their weigh in for the contest, and both fighters made the 105lb limit for the bout.
On the scales Narita was 105lbs, bang on the divisional limit, whilst Higano was notably lighter, coming in at 104.5lbs for the bout.
For fans outside of Himeji, where the bout will be taking place, the contest will be made available in the near future through the excellent Boxing Raise service, along with the rest of the Ultimate Glory Vol 51 card.
Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall Japanese fight fans had the chance to see Chie Higano (7-7-1, 2) [日向野知恵] battle against Yumi Narita (3-2-3, 1) [成田佑美] in a Japanese female Minimumweight title bout, for the vacant title.
The bout matched the top two ranked domestic contenders and their were even through out, with very little to split them.
Narita was the slightly more precise puncher but Higano really applied the pressure and dragged Narita into a messy fight for a few rounds. It left the bout being incredibly hard to score with neither fighter clearly defining themselves as the winner. Instead what seemed to happen was that one fighter would do just enough to win a round before the fighter seemed to do enough.
The judges struggled to split the fighters, with Higano winning on one card, 58-57, Narita winning 58-56 on one card whilst the third had the bout 57-57.
It seems, from comments made after the fight, that a rematch could take place and neither woman seemed happy at the draw.
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Tomorrow fight fans in Japan will get the chance to see a Japanese Female Minimumweight title bout, as 34 year old Chie Higano (7-7, 2) [日向野知恵] faces Yumi Narita (3-2-2, 1) [成田佑美] at the Korakuen Hall.
Today the two women took part in their weight in, and both fighters made weight for the contest.
On the scales Higano was 104.5lbs and looked in great shape, whilst Narita was 104.7lbs and looked excited for such a big fight.
For fans wanting to watch this bout but can't make their way to Tokyo, it's expected to be added to the Boxingraise library within a day of the bout taking place.
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Earlier today we were informed that on October 31st we would see a Japanese Female Minimumweight champion being crowned, as 34 year old Chie Higano (7-7, 2) [日向野知恵] faces off with Yumi Narita (3-2-2, 1) [成田佑美] at the Korakuen Hall.
The more experienced Higano has been a professional since 2014 and has shared the ring with a number of notable fighters, including former Japanese female Minimumweight champion Jun Yabuki, former world champion Momo Koseki, up coming title challenger Saemi Hanagata and talented Korean Eun Hye Lee. Although she has lost her most notable bouts she has proven to be a solid fighter, though not a world class one. Coming in to this she'll likely know that time isn't on her side and her career certainly hasn't got too long left.
As for the 29 year old Narita there's a distinct lack of notable opponents on her record. She turned professional in 2016 and lost on her debut before having some mixed success and building a 2-2-2 record to end last year. Earlier this year she scored her most notable victory, over Yumiko Shimooka, in a 6 round bout but it's hard to read too much into that given the limitations of Shimooka.
At the moment no other bouts for the card have been announced, neither has the name of the show, though we're expecting the show to have bouts announced over the coming weeks.
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