Female Japanese boxing star Naoko Fujioka (12-0, 6) has generally made all of her fights look easy on route to claiming world titles at both 105lbs and 115lbs. It of course takes a special fighter to make world class opponents look bad though on November 8th she'll get a chance to prove just how special she is.
That's because the Japanese star will attempt to become the first Japanese female to become a 3-weight world world champion when she drops to Flyweight to challenger German star Susi Kentikian (33-2-0-1, 17) for the WBA female Flyweight title.
Fujioka appears to know that this is to be the toughest bout of her career. She has described Kentikian as "the best fighter" that she'll have faced and has clearly scouted the German well with accurate comments regarding Kentikian's strengths. Despite the respect for Kentikian however it does seem like the 39 year old Fujioka is still confident of victory and has promised to go for the KO whilst also suggesting that Flyweight would be her best weight.
The comment regarding the Flyweight division does seem a slightly odd one considering Fujioka has only made the weight once, though in all honesty it's hard to doubt that she is being forthright in her comment considering she is a small Super Flyweight who has given up noticeable size in her 2 Super Flyweight bouts.
The confidence of Fujioka has also come with the caveat that if she loses she will retire. For that reason alone we wish her the best and hope to see her becoming the first Japanese female to become a 3 weight world champion.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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