Earlier today Japanese boxing saw history being made as we had the first ever Japanese female title fight took place at the Korakuen Hall.
The bout in question saw former world title challenger Tomomi Takano (10-3, 7) [高野 人母美] take on the little known Miyo Yoshida (8-1) [吉田 実代], with the two fighting for the newly created Japanese female Bantamweight title.
On paper it was easy to favour Takano, she had competed at a higher level and was much taller and rangier than Yoshida. Surprisingly however it was Yoshida who managed to make an impression in the first round, cutting the distance and causing Takano to fight on the back foot. To her credit however Takano roared back with a good round two, controlling the distance with her height and reach to clearly take the round.
Sadly for Takano her success in round 2 was quickly forgotten with Yoshida taking rounds 3 and 4 on all the cards as she again cut the distance, outworked Takano. The aggression and willingness to battle inside was the difference, with Takano simply unable to keep up with the shorter fight, who clearly seemed to be the better fighter, especially up close.
Takano did manage to have some success in the final round, but by then it was too little too later, and Yoshida had done more than enough to secure the win, with all 3 judges scoring the bout 58-57 to her, and letting her make her mark in boxing history.
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