For the once beaten Japanese fighters this will be, by far, he most significant bout. The Watanabe gym fighter, ranked the #1 contender for the title, began her career in 2012 and began with a draw, then a loss and was 1-1-2 before she began to find her feet. Since then she has reeled off 5 straight wins and gained some experiences of fighting in Thailand. with her most recent bout coming at the Meenayothin Camp in Bangkok. Despite building her experience this is a notable step up and her first bout at title level.
Rivas on the other hand will be fighting in her 3rd title bout, though does enter 0-2 in title match up.
The Filipino fighter certainly has a poor looking record, and strangely started professional life 2-0-3. Sadly since her 5 fight unbeaten run she has found life hard in the ring, going 2-3, with notable losses to Jessebelle Pagaduan and Tamao Ozawa. Those losses have generaly come to good fighters, but she has yet to score a win of any real note, and has gone 2-0-2 with compatriot Christine Latube
Although the bout isn't a huge one it will be a massive one for the two fighters who know that this is a great chance to claim their first silverware and we suspect both will give their all in the ring in an attempt to claim their biggest wins to date.