This past Saturday in Switzerland fans had the chance to see Swiss based Japanese fighter Aniya Seki (34-4-2, 5) fight in the most significant bout of her career. The veteran took on WBA female Super Flyweight champion Maribel Ramirez (13-9-2, 3) and unfortunately she came up short, losing a clear decision to the Mexican fighter.
Ramirez took control of center ring and from the opening moments and scored a knockdown in round 2 that really allowed her to take clear early control of the bout.
To her credit the 39 year old Seki didn't just roll over and instead she fought back, though was always on the back foot and regularly came off second best to the under-rated Mexican champion.
At the end of the 10 round bout there was no doubting that the Mexican had won, and the judges, from Switzerland, France and Spain, all scored the bout to Ramirez with scores of 98--91, twice, and 97-92.
Sadly it's unlikely Seki will get another shot at the top, but for Ramirez this was a great win. She made her first defense and has now scored notable back-to-back wins on the road, having won the title in Peru this past May by defeating Linda Laura Lecca.
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Japanese born Aniya Seki (23-2-2, 1), a former WIBF and GBU title holder at Super Bantamweight successfully retained her WBC "Silver" title at 115lbs earlier today, despite being given a real scare by Liliana Martinez (11-13, 6).
Although Seki is Japanese she's one of the least famous Japanese fighters having based her entire career in her adopted Switzerland, where she was again action.
Weighing in at just over the Flyweight limit it would seem likely that Seki now needs t make the move, permanently to 112lbs as she starts another charge towards a world title. Giving away 2 or 3 lbs might not sound like a lot but at this level it is a lot and there's really no need to be giving away weight to anyone when you're on the verge of a world title bout.