The WBO state that the vacant title will be contested on March 15th with veteran Kayoko Ebata (10-7, 6) [江畑 佳代子] taking on the unbeaten Erika Hanawa (6-0, 1) [塙 英理加] on a Watanabe promoted card, though no details on the venue have yet been revealed.
Ebata, a true veteran of the ring, is 41 years old and has been a professional since November 2007. Although her record is less than great she has been in the ring with a who's who including Samson Tor Buamas, Tenkai Tsunami, Naoko Shibata, Nancy Franco and Kumiko Seeser Ikehara. For her this will be a 6th world title bout, though she is 0-5 in world title bouts so far. As for Hanawa the bout will be her first for a world title and will be a huge step up in class for the unbeaten 26 year old.
The title was vacated last December by former champion Kumiko Seeser Ikehara (9-1-2, 3) [池原シーサー久美子], who announced her retirement, and it seems the WBO are lookign to fill the vacancy without wasting too much time in creating this up coming bout.