Whilst boxing fans around the world turned their attention to Japan for the 3 world title fights on new year's eve there was also an interest for fans of female fighting with 2 interesting female contests.
In Tokyo we had the more notable bout with model-turned-boxer Tomomi Takano (4-0, 3), pictured, taking a stoppage victory over fellow Japanese fighter Kumi Oishi (1-3, 1). Takano, who stole the headlines at the weigh-in in Tokyo by dressing in a wedding dress, used her height and reach well to defeat the much shorter Oishi.
Over in Osaka fans had their own female fight to watch as the light hitting Kei Takenaka (6-0, 2) scored a rare stoppage defeating Thailand's Yinglek Sithsaithong (6-3, 4) via a second round KO. Whilst this was Takenaka's first stoppage for a year, her last coming exactly a prior, it was the third straight stoppage defeat for Yinglek.
Interestingly for Takenaka this was the first time she had faced an opponent with a win, never mind a winning record, and as a result it could well be the fact she knows she can step if needed. She has rarely lost a round in her 6 bouts to date and there is no doubt she'll have interest in title fights sometime in 2015 if not 2014.
The 24 year old Marina Isami (2-1) will be thanking her lucky stars tonight after taking a very hard fought majority decision over Kumi Oishi (1-2, 1) in what turned out to be by far the longest bout of Oishi's career so far.
Having never gotten out of the opening round in her 2 previous bouts Oishi not only saw out the bell but probably deserved a draw from this very hard bout that would not see many complaints if a rematch was made.