Tomorrow Japanese fight fans in Tokyo will get the chance to see Ayaka Miyao (21-6-1, 5) [宮尾 綾香] battle WBO Atomweight champion Nao Ikeyama (17-3-2, 4) [池山 直], with Miyao attempting to become a 2-time champion and Ikeyama seeking her first win at the Korakuen Hall, where she has previously lost and drawn.
On the scales today the champion, the 47 year old Ikeyama, was the lighter fighter coming in at 100¾lbs for the bout. Despite her age the champion was confident and looked determined to claim her first win at "the holy ground" of Japanese boxing. The bout will be her 5th defense, but is a huge step up in class as she takes on one of the most notable faces in the Atomweight division.
Miyao was the heavier fighter and came in at 101¼lbs for the bout, and looked in great shape for her most significant bout since leaving the Ohashi gym earlier this year. It was as an Ohashi fighter that Miyao first made her name, though she is now part of the Watanabe gym and the gym does seem to have instilled a new desire in her to become a world champion once again.
Ayaka Miyao hunts for second world title, Ikeyama looks to further her record
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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