Earlier today Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen Hall saw former IBF female Light Flyweight champion Naoko Shibata (17-4-1, 6) [柴田 直子] return to the ring for the first time since losing her title to Alondra Garcia back in March.
The talented Japanese veteran was taking part in a bout to shake off some ring rust, as she took on limited Thai foe Shisa Manopgym (0-3).
Shibata showed her class almost immediately and after getting her jab going it was just a matter of time, with the Thai needing to be saved mid-way through round 2, as Shibata let her shots go at will.
After the win it was announced that Shibata would be returning to he ring to take on former champion Etsuko Tada (16-3-2, 5) [多田 悦子] on November 10th, in what will be a second meeting between the two women, who willtrade blows for the WBO Asia Pacifc female Light Flyweight title.
The two fighters faced off in September 2012, when Tada took a razor thin decision over Shibata, and it's fair to say that Shibata will be after recenve as both fighters look to secure another world title fight, in what should be an all action match up.
It's worth noting that on that November 10th card their will be a Japanese and OPBF title unification bout at 154lbs, as Japanese champion Takeshi Inoue (11-0-1, 6) [井上 岳志] takes on Ratchasi Sithsaithong (9-3, 7).
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