At the start of December fight fans in Japan saw the legendary Naoko Fujioka (17-2, 7) [藤岡 奈穂子] claim her 5th world title, the WBO female Light Flyweight title, as she defeated Costa Rican Yokasta Valle. The fight saw Fujioka create history, as Japan's first ever 5 weight champion, but left her in a bit of a quandry as she was holding both a Flyweight and Light Flyweight title.
Earlier this week it was announced that Fujioka had made a decision on where her future lies, and that will be at 112lbs, as she vacated the Light Flyweight title to focus on fighting at 112lbs.
The decision will be disppointing news to fellow Japanese fighter Tenkai Tsunami (24-12, 13) [天海 ツナミ], who had earned the right to challenge for the title and seemed excited to face off with Fujioka. Sadly the bout seems to have died for Tsunami, but she will still get a shot at the now vacant title, and it could well be a blessing in disguise. She will miss out on a super fight with Fujioka, unless she decides to move up to Flyweight, but will still get a world title fight, and one that is likely to be more winnable than a fight with Fujioka, who would be strongly favoured over Tsunami.
At the moment it's unclear when Fujioka or Tsunami will fight next but it's likely both will be in some very interesting match ups in 2018.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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