Last year we saw Yunoka Furukawa (9-1-2, 6) [古川 夢乃歌] claim her first title, the WBA Atomweight title, and move in to the realm of being a world champion. Yesterday it was announced that she would get the chance to become a 2-weight champion in October, with the announcement of next bout.
That bout will see the Watanabe gym fight travel to Argentina to take on IBF Flyweight champion Leonela Paola Yudica (12-0-3), who will be making her 5th defense of the title.
For Furukawa the bout is a huge one, full of firsts, but it's also an exciting challenge and a chance for her to fight at possibly her most natural weight, getting the chance to really fill out her frame rather than drain down. The bout will see moving from 102lb all the way uip to 112lbs, where she actually won the OPBF crown at the start of 2016. It won't be her first bout outside of Japan, but it does mark her first bout outside of Asia, with the Japanese puncher having fought twice in Thailand.
For Yudica, who is a talented by light punching fighter, the bout will see her looking to continue her solid run as champion, which began back in December 2014 when she beat Gabriela Bouvier. Her lack of power could prove to be an issue here, but she will have home advantage. She is said to be a battler and whilst she lacks power her opponents certainly know they've been in a fight with her, with head clashes being a regular thing in her bouts.
The bout will take place on October 14th with the venue for the contest yet to be announced though it does seem likely that TV Publica will carry the bout in Argentina, as they have broadcast many of Yudica's recent contests and will almost certainly look to continue that for this battle of champions.
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