To some fight fans "age is just a number" to others however it's something more. Age defines where you are in terms of your career. A youngster is beginning their card, a fighter in their 20's or 30's maybe in their prime, but a fighter in their 40's is thought to be on the decline. We hope no one has told WBO Atomweight champion Nao Ikeyama (16-3-1, 4) that she's supposed to be past it.
The 45 year old Ikeyama returned to the ring earlier today for her first fight of the year as she attempted to record the second defense of her world title. Ikeyama was up against 24 year old Norj Guro (7-4-1, 4) a poor fighter but a much, much younger one. In fact it was Guro who was supposedly in her prime.
Early on things were relatively competitive though it wasn't long until Ikeyama began to set the pace, fighting fast, relying on her amazing stamina and forcing the action. Guro tried to answer back but found herself being swarmed all too often in bout that made the 45 year old look like an energetic teenager not a woman in her 40's.
By the end of round 4 the fight was essentially 1-way traffic with Guro being forced to cover up and hope to take advantages of the few moments where Ikeyama did stop punching. They were few and far between.
At the end of the fight there was no drama in regards to the scorecards with all the judges having the bout a clear win for Ikeyama with scores of 99-91, 98-92 and 98-92. IT was a clear and decisive win for the champion who really made a statement with a dominant and impressive victory.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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