The female fights kicked off the action as Emika Himuro (3-1-1, 1) and Kai Johnson (3-5-3) fought to a 6 round draw. This was one of two female bouts on the under-card with the other seeing former world champion Tenkai Tsunami (19-8, 8) stopping Leslie Domingo (4-2-1, 3) in 3 rounds.
In the only male bout on the show Junpei Hara (13-5-2, 8) widely out pointed the limited Nozomu Kikuchi (6-5). Hara was seen as scoring a shut out on two of the scorecards whilst one judge found found two rounds to give Kikuchi who never looked likely to take a decision.
The first of the two world title fights on the card saw Kayoko Ebata (7-5, 4) fail in her attempt to claim the IBF Minimumweight title. Ebata was made to look every day of her 37 years by Mexican Nancy Franco (12-5-2, 4) who put on a career defining performance. Ebata tried to fight the Mexican off her but at the end of the day Franco was too busy, too fast and too youthful for the Japanese veteran.
Japanese fans who saw Ebata lose did manage to have some success at the world level as Ayaka Miyao (16-5-1, 1) retained her WBA Atomweight title with a decision over Filipino challenger Gretchen Abaniel (13-5, 4). Abaniel, who went into the bout with an impressive reputation, gave Miyao a very hard contest and was arguably winning the contest after 4 rounds, though the final rounds saw Miyao taking over and claiming the decision as she made the third defense of her title.
We're now very openly wishing to see Miyao face off against Momo Koseki in a WBA/WBC Atomweight unification. Come on, lets make it happen!