Last night in Germany fight fan saw Japan's Tamao Ozawa (13-5, 5) [小澤瑶生] put on a stirring performance, but come up agonisingly short against German veteran Raja Amasheh (21-1-1-1, 4) in a bout for the vacant WBO female Super Flyweight title.
The details from the contest are scarce but officially the bout was scored 96-94 to Amasheh by all 3 judges, in what sounds like a very debabteable decision.
From what we understand Ozawa was aggressive through out, and took the fight to Amasheh, though with the crowd behind the local fighter it wasn't to be for the visitor, who is now 0-2 in world title bouts, having previously lost to Su Yun Hong in a Light Flyweight title fight. As for Amasheh the bout sees her secure a career defining win, though it would like her reign will e a short lived one, given she only just managed to get the win here.
Ozawa will clearly go back to the drawing board wnd will likely look for another world title fight, though the former OPBF female champion will know that she won't get many more shots following two recent losses at the top level, even though both were very close decisions on the score cards.
(Image courtesy of Futur Gym)
It's often said that boxing is about levels. That was seen on Wednesday when Tomomi Takano (8-2, 5) found herself coming a long way short of world class, as she was battered by WBO female Super Flyweight queen Daniela Romina Bermudez (18-3-2, 6) in just 4 rounds.
The bout was Takano's first world title bout and her inexperience at this level as she was completely with out an answer to Bermudez.
In the opening round Takano looked uneasy despite having some success. Her success, from her straight punches, seemed to come as much from what she was doing as from what Bermudez was doing, with the challenger easing herself into the bout and trying to ease herself into the bout.
In round 2 Bermudez got out of neutral and it looked like that alone scared Takano who did well to hold her own at times, was made to look very uncomfortable by Bermudez who was finding her way inside all too easily.
In round 4 Bermudez stepped it up again and this time she landed a combination that ended only when Takano was dropped. The knockdown swiftly resulted in the towel being thrown in.
Following the loss Takano was said to be planning to rest and would then consider her future. From this performance however it could well be that her skills have reached their limit and her short reign as an OPBF title holder may well be the high point of her career.
For those wanting to watch the final moments of the fight, we've included the video below.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)