Earlier today in Japan fans had the chance to see the popular Naoko Fujioka (14-1, 6) strengthen her claim as one of the best female fighters on the planet as she became Japan's first female 3-weight world champion, and just the third Japanese fighter to ever achieve the feat.
The talented Japanese fighter, who claimed her first world title down at 105lb, stepped up to the Bantamweight division today and easily over-came the game but out matched Korean fighter Hee Jung Yuh (15-3, 6), the wife of future world title challenger Young Kil Bae, the laim the WBO title.
From the first round it was clear the women were in different levels. Fujioka immediately found the range and timing for her jab, her movement, accuracy and speed were too good and as the rounds progressed she showed off more and more from her arsenal, with left hooks to the body being particularly noticeable.
Given the dominance by Fujioka the crowd seemed to turn from wanting to see their fighter win to seeing her score a KO, and she really went for it. Unfortunately Yuh was to show her toughness and see out the schedule, though did by scores of 100-90, twice, and 99-91.
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With the year coming to a close we think we may have seen the final female upset of the year on Friday morning in Thailand as the unheralded Kledpetch Lookmuangkan (6-2, 1) scored the biggest victory of her career. Facing former world title contender Kanittha Kokietgym (20-6, 7) few would have given Kledpetch much of a chance but the 21 year old managed to out work Kanittha to take the decision.
Whilst no one would Kanittha unbeatable going in to this contest she had only lost to notable fighters including Naoko Fujioka, twice, Shindo Go, Irma Sanchez and Jessica Chavez, 4 very good fighters who have all proven to be world class. If Kledpetch could follow in their footsteps then she may well become one of the great female fighters from Thailand.
Staying in Thailand, albeit on a different show, South Korean Hee-Jung Yuh (10-2, 4) did what was expected of her and stopped Thai novice Lookkwan Sithpracha (0-2), taking just 4 rounds to get the job done. Yuh, fighting on foreign soil for the first time, really should have faced a tougher foe than Lookkwan, though with the potential of Yuh to fight a more notable name next time out we will forgive her, for now.
Korean former world champion IFBA version, Hee-Jung Yuh (9-2, 3) may never be known as a puncher but she did successfully record her second stoppage of the year this past weekend.
Matched against Thai novice Maimuang Sitkhurusian (1-4) Yuh managed to record her 8th straight victory as she scored a 6th round stoppage with just 31 seconds of the bout remaining.
Whilst Yuh wasn't defending her title she may well feel that this bout could help her move from the Super Flyweight division up to the Bantamweight division, a class that may well suit her now. Aged 34 it's debatable as to whether or not she'll manage to claim a more respected title. Though Bantamweight is the slightly weaker of the two classes right now in female boxing.
In a low profile show in Korea the IFBA Super Flyweight champion Hee-Jung Yuh (8-2, 2) made the first defense of her title.
The 33 year old Korean, who won her title December, was fighting for the first time this year and managed to look as good as ever as she stopped Thai challenger Kledpetch Lookmuangkan (5-2, 1) in the 8th round. Whilst it was Yuh's first fight this year it was Lookmuangkan's second successive loss of the year.
On the same Korean card the unbeaten Eun-Hye Lee (4-0, 1) out pointed Dorkmaipah Kiatpompetch (0-1) over the 6 round distance.