In one of the most compelling female bouts this year fans in Japan saw rugged under-dog Kai Johnson (5-5-3, 2) defeat the much spoken about Tomomi Takano (5-1, 4).
Takano, who has attracted a lot of attention due her good looks and her eccentric weigh ins, was taking a huge step up in class to take on Johnson though her team at Kyoei clear believed in her. That belief was sadly misplaced and Takano, despite a good start, came up short.
The tall and slender Takano started well and used her height and reach to keep the aggressive Johnson at range early on. The pressure of Johnson however took it's toll and Takano began to falter in round 4 as Johnson came on strong, eventually forcing the referee to step in in round 5 with Takano completely out of steam.
Going in to the fight it seemed as if Takano knew her stamina was an issue, her supposed change of diet to include snake food was supposed to help her get through the 6 round distance. Sadly for her the snake food didn't help and she simply didn't have the energy tank to last the 6 rounds with Johnson.
Whilst this loss is a major set back it seems obvious that Takano can come back though she needs to dedicate herself to boxing and drop some of the out-of-the-ring activities which serve as a distraction at times. Boxing isn't really a sport that you can do "part time" and Takano should learn that with this loss and get back in the gym, get her fitness levels up and bounce back better than ever. The loss may be the best thing that could happen to her and could help her dedicate herself to the sport, likewise however she could well call it quits on the sport and go back to being a full time model, it would be a shame but may be in her best interests.
As for Johnson this victory will likely get her an OPBF title fight, a much deserved bout at that. Despite her record she is now unbeaten in 4 bouts and is much better than the fighter who went 3-5-1 in her first 9 bouts. We'd not put her in with a world champion but an OPBF title fight is something she is very deserving of given the run she's currently on.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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