Hawton, who is said to be chasing WBC Atomweight champion Momo Koseki, is stepping up in a big way to fight Nagaowa though will know that this is an opportunity to announce herself to the other fighters in and around the 102lb weight class. For Nagaowa however this is a chance to get her career back on track following 3 successive losses.
Aged 27 Nagaowa is veteran, albeit a young veteran. She has been in with a genuine who's who including Shindo Go, Samson Tor Buamas, Saemi Hanagata, Momo Koseki and Mari Ando. Included in those bouts have been fights for WBO and WBC world titles and although she's come up short at the highest level she does hold a notable win over Hanagata and has only been stopped 3 times in her eventful career.
The unbeaten Hawton is widely regarded as one of the most exciting female fighters breaking through the ranks. At the moment she's also regarded as part of the "who needs her club?" and has been avoided by highly ranked foes, despite offering to travel. A win over over Nagaowa may not help her get big name foes as a direct result but will enhance her ranking and make her more attractive for opponents who may end up realising a fight with her soon would make more sense than fighting her when she has more experience under her belt.