The “Dangan” cards have been going on for years but today Japanese fans had a first as they got the chance to see inaugural “Dangan Ladies”. The card, which featured only female bouts, turned out to be a solid card by promoter “reason” and featured many of the top names in Japanese female boxing.
The two man bouts of the card were OPBF female title bouts.
One of those OPBF title bouts saw Saemi Hanagata (12-6-2, 6) [花形冴美] reclaim the OPBF Minimumweight title as she scored a 5th round TKO win over Mika Oda (6-8-1, 1) [小田美佳] and avenged an upset loss from 2014. Oda had beaten Hanagata in September 2014 for the title in an upset but had been inactive since that bout and that ring rust showed from the off with Hanagata setting the pace. After 4 rounds the bout was a shut out but Hanagata wasn't done and she continued to onslaught until Oda's team threw in the towel.
The other title fight was an OPBF Atomweight title fight that also saw the title change hands, and in many ways it has lead to a real feel good story. That's because 37 year old Masae Akitaya (10-6-2, 3) [秋田屋まさえ] finally claimed a belt, in what was her 6th title fight. The veteran narrowly over-came Momoko Kanda (9-9-2, 3) [神田桃子] with a razor thin majority decision. Sadly for Kanda this ends her reign that began back in June last year.
It wasn't just the title fights that had fighters of note involved in them. Another fighter of real note who was in action was Tenkai Tsunami (22-11, 11) [天海ツナミ] who made light work of the 35 year old Emika Himuro (5-2-1, 1) [氷室笑香]. Himuro retired from the bout citing and eye injury, but it did seem unlikely that she was going to last long with the world class Tsunami, who has one of the sports most misleading records.
Former multi-time world title challenger Kayoko Ebata (9-6, 5) [江畑佳代子] also recorded a win as she stopped Sornsawan Sarakarngym (0-2) in the 5th round. It now seems that the 40 year old Ebata wants another shot at a world title, and there's a good chance she'll get it.
One other bout of some note saw novice Ayumi Goto (2-0, 2) [後藤あゆみ] stop Asami Jinnari (3-2, 1) [神成麻美]. The bout may not look notable but Goto is tipped as one to watch and is a natural athlete who has come to boxing after having had a solid background in basketball. Here she looked very good for a novice and stopped Jinnari with a badly swollen eye. We'd not be surprised if she went on to become a top contender in the near future.
(Image courtesy boxingnews.jp)
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