The rise of female boxing in the US, lead by Claressa Shileds, and the UK, thanks to Katie Taylor and Nicola Adams, have shown how interested an audience can be in women's boxing. It isn't, however, limited to just the west and this year we've seen the JBC begin to hold female tournaments to crown Japanese domestic female champions.
Yesterday we saw one such bout as school girl boxer Fuka Komura (5-0, 2) [小村 楓香] advanced to a title fight thanks to a clear 6 round decision win against the tough but out matched Sarasa Ichimura (3-6-1) [一村更紗].
To her credit Ichimura came to fight, and looked to press the action early, but was unable to ever shake Komura who landed some solid counters of her own, one of which dropped Ichimura to secure a 10-8 round for Komura.
Komura controlled much of the bout after that knockdown, but she was given a rough ride in the final round as Ichimura put everything into trying to stop Komura, something she lacked the power to do.
After 6 rounds the decision of the judges was never in doubt, with Komura taking the win with scores of 59-55, twice, and 58-55. With the win she has set up a showdown with Jun Yabuki (8-0, 4) [矢吹純], for the Japanese Atomweight title, with the date for that bout yet to be announced.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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