We've known for a while that Japan's Hurricane Futa (20-6-1, 11) [ハリケーン風太] would on the road again in August, as he travels to Australia to face the once touted Will Tomlinson (25-2-1, 13) in a bout for the WBA "interim" Oceania Lightweight title. The bout, set to be Futa's 4th bout on the road in just over a year, will be his second successive title fight and will see Futa attempt to bounce back from his 2015 loss to Jhonny Gonzalez.
Yesterday saw another Japanese fighter added to the card, set to take place on August 23th at the Function Centre in Melbourne Park.
That second Japanese fighter is female 3-weight OPBF champion Kimika Miyoshi (13-8-1, 5) [三好 喜美佳], who drops to Super Bantamweight to challenge WBC Silver champion Shannon O'Connell (12-4-1, 7) in a really intriguing match up.
Miyoshi has been written off in the past, and was once 0-2 early in here career, 3-5-1 less than 5 years ago and 9-8-1 just over a year ago. Since then however she has totally rebuilt her career and scored 4 straight wins coming in to this fight. O'Connell is a former world champion who was beaten in 2013 by Hyun Mi Choi and by Diana Prazak the following year, neither of which are shameful defeats. She is however 1-1-1 in the last year with her sole win coming against the poor Anrey Onesongchaigym.
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