On Friday Japanese boxing fans will have the chance to watch a couple of female world title bouts as Japan and the Philippines collide. Today saw the 4 fighters involved in those bouts undergo their physical checks.
We've unfortunately not been given all the details regarding those checks though we have been advised that all 4 women passed the checks and both the fights will take place on Friday, if the fighters all make weight tomorrow.
The more interesting of the two bouts, at least on paper, will see WBO female Minimumweight champion Kumiko Seeser Ikehara (6-1-1, 3) defending her belt for the first time and taking on once beaten Filipino challenger Jessebelle Pagaduan (7-1, 4). On paper this looks an even bout with the fighters having identical experience, in terms of fights, and a similar record in terms of wins and losses.
As for the other bout it's a bit more one sided on paper as the WBO Atomweight champion Nao Ikeyama (15-3-1, 4) battles Norj Guro (7-3-1, 4) in what will be Ikeyama's 2nd defence of the title. Ikeyama's experience is likely to be a big difference maker here however at 45 years old there is the chance that father time may bring her reign to a premature ending.
Japanese veteran Ikeyama looks to continue her reign at 45 as she battles Filipino under-dog [preview]
Kumiko Seeser Ikehara battles Jessebelle Pagaduan in first WBO title defence [preview]
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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