Early today Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen hall saw a WBO Asia Pacific Female Light Flyweight title bout, as former world champions Naoko Shibata (17-5-1, 6) [柴田 直子] and Etsuko Tada (17-3-2, 5) [多田 悦子] faced off, in what would be the second meeting between these two fighters.
The first bout between the two women saw Tada come out on top with a close but unanimous decision back in 2012, in which she retained her WBA Minimumweight title. Back then Tada was an unbeaten world champion, whilst Shibata was a fighter chasing a world title, after a short reign as an OPBF champion. This time however both fighters were former champions, seeking a big win to keep them in the title mix.
Today it was Tada again getting her hand raised in victory, but this time around the bout wasn't close. Instead Tada ran away with it, claiming victory with scores of 78-74, 77-75 and 80-72. Through the bout Tada showed better skills, better speed and a better understanding of the ring, she countered when she wanted, came forward when she wanted and controlled the bout, which was action packed but clearly saw Tada in control.
After the win Tada declared to the fans that she was going to pursue another world title, and it seems clear that she's still got enough in the tank to challenge for a world title in the near future. As for Shibata the end may well be near.
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