Tomorrow at Korakuen Hall fight fans will be able to see WBO female Super Flyweight champion Miyo Yoshida (15-2) [吉田実代] take on Tamao Ozawa (16-5, 6) [小澤瑶生], with Yoshida looking to record her first defense of her second reign with the title. Today, ahead of their bout, the two women took part in their weigh in for the bout,
At the weigh in both fighters made weigh for the bout with no issues at all.
On the scales Yoshida came in on the limit, at and looked in great shape, whilst also looking full of confidence and self belief. In fact she almost seemed happy at the weigh in, despite obviously needing to cut down in weight for the bout. After making weight she declared that she will win not matter how the bout is fought. She seemed incredibly self assured, and the feeling is that she has trained really hard on not just winning here, but on looking good in victory.
It's worth noting the bout will be streamed live on Yoshida's Youtube channel and it's clear she wants to use the opportunity to build her profile and her name in the sport.
Ozawa on the other hand came in well under the limit, in fact she was 114lbs on the scales, a full 1lb under the limit. She has had a baby since she last fought and despite the birth of her child she seemed determined to make the most of this opportunity, which she was offered late last year. Like Yoshida she seemed confidence and notably had been training with Tomoko Okuda, who has twice faced Yoshida.
For those wanting to watch Miyo Yoshida's YouTube is supposed to have the bout streamed live on it.
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Earlier this week it was announced that we would get the chance to see a new Japanese Youth Super Featherweight champion being crowned on July 9th at the Esforta Arena Hachioji, in city Hachioji. The bout, which has come about after Seira Kishida (6-1-2, 2) [岸田聖羅] vacated the title, will see 2019 All Japan Rookie of the Year winner Hyoga Taniguchi (5-3-2, 1) [谷口彪賀] take on Seika Fukuda (6-3, 1), who reached the 2020 All Japan Rookie of the Year final before losing to Tsubasa Narai.
For Taniguchi this will be his first shot at a title and comes almost a year to the day that he suffered his most recent loss, losing via 4th round TKO to Hiro Ichimichi. He was last seen in the ring beating Caliente Koyasu and has long promises to build on his Rookie of the Year success, but has year to really manage that, due in part to the Pandemic which really slowed his ascent. He's a technical yet aggressive young fighter, who makes for fan friendly bouts, but his lack of power is likely to be a major issue when he steps up against more physically mature and powerful men.
As for Fukuda this will actually be his second shot at the title, having lost to Kishida in May for the very title he's getting another shot at here. Sadly for him he comes in with no momentum at all, having lost his last 2 and 3 of his last 4, but he has mixed at a good level with losses to Narai, Kishida and Yuna Hara. He'll also go in to the bout as the "away" fighter, travelling from Takatsuki City to Hachioji, so will know the pressure is on Taniguchi to perform in front of his friends and family
Press release - Andrew Moloney joins brother on Kambosos Jr Haney bill, still eyeing Kazuto Ioka
Andrew Moloney is readied for his Australian return as he faces stiff competition in Alexander Espinoza.
Espinoza notably challenged highly rated, and now retired, Kash Farooq for a WBC ranking belt in an entertaining fight last year in London which many could have seen going either way.
Moloney assessed his opposition on June 6 in Melbourne, Australia. He said, "I'm delighted to be fighting in Melbourne, as it's the city I became world champion in, so I have a lot of happy memories from fighting here and I'm planning on creating some more memories on June 5 alongside my brother.
"I have to thank, as always, Top Rank for getting me this opportunity alongside DiBella Entertainment and of course my long-term manager, The Man! Tony Tolj. Without them, I wouldn't have had the great opportunities at home and in the USA among other places, so I'm very grateful for these amazing opportunities.
"Espinoza can fight, he pushed Kash Farooq all the way in the UK last year, at a weight class above. So I have to be at my best for this one and I believe I will be. It's always special fighting at home on a massive card such as this. It doesn't get better for an Aussie fighter."
Moloney has his sights firmly set on Japanese legend Kazuto Ioka, who many consider as one of the greatest little big men of all time. 'The Monster' weighed in on his plans for the remainder of 2022.
"I've stated a few times how greatly I respect Ioka. He is a legend, and it would be an honor to share the ring with him. However, it is firmly my intention to share the ring with him in 2022, whether that be in Japan, Australia, or the USA. I think it's a fantastic fight for fight fans worldwide.
"My focus is on producing on June 6 in Melbourne, and showing why I can be world champion again in the place I became world champion."
Photo Mikey Williams/Top Rank
Press release - Jason Moloney vs Aston Palicte acts as chief support to Kambosos Jr Haney in Melbourne, Australia
Mayhem comes home, as Jason Moloney gets ready for the biggest stage of his career, as he defends his WBC silver and competes for the WBO international bantamweight strap against highly touted Aston Palicte.
Palicte has been on the world stage before, having controversially drawn with a great of the little big men, Donny Nietes back in 2018 at the Inglewood Forum in Los Angeles. The Filipino standout has since challenged another monster of the lower-weight classes, Kazuto Ioka for the Japanese warrior's world title.
Moloney weighed in on his highly-rated opponent on June 5 in his native Australia. 'Mayhem' said, "I'm really excited for this fight. Thank you to Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, and my manager Tony Tolj for putting it together and getting me a great opportunity against a world-class fighter.
"Palicte is well known to anybody in the lower weight classes, he's exciting, he comes to win and he's handled himself with the best in the business. This is a real test against a top fighter and I have to come through this and look good in order to push for another world title shot, and I believe this fight is the quality of a world title fight.
"I'm not looking past Palicte, but he's a far better opponent than who Paul Butler boxed for his world title. Paul Butler won't want to fight me after this performance, we're going to have to force that fight to happen. I have the team that makes things happen and we will make that fight happen eventually unless he vacates."
Moloney acts as chief support for the undisputed world lightweight title clash between George Kambosos Jr and Devin Haney. The all-action Aussie discussed featuring on the high profile showdown down under.
The world-ranked bantamweight said, "Australia has been deserving of events of this size for years, and I'm delighted to be involved with such a massive event. It's a global event, and I can't wait to show my skills on a platform that is going to be watched worldwide, it's a massive opportunity.
"The main event is a great fight, and it represents what boxing needs more, unified/undisputed champions. It really is the best fighting the best. I've fought the best at my weight class in Naoya Inoue, so have all the respect in the world for how good you have to be a unified world champion. It's elite-level competition that you can't miss if you're a boxing fan.
"I'm also sharing this card with my brother. We've shared cards before but this one is special, and I'm expecting two career-best Moloney performances."
Photo: Mikey Williams / Top Rank
Press Release - Referee’s ruling costs Meng Fanlong at least a draw, if not an outright win over Pascal
May 25th, 2022 – NYC – Top light heavyweight Meng Fanlong (17-0-1, 10 KOs) suffered his first loss in controversial fashion last weekend against two-time world champion, Jean Pascal (36-6-1) last weekend in Plant City, Florida. Following a very close and entertaining fight, the former champion got his hand raised by official scores of 114-113, 115-112, and 116-111. The key to the verdict came in round nine. With just six seconds remaining in round Fanlong seemingly had won, Fanlong slipped to the canvas just after Pascal missed with a right and glanced a jab off Fanlong’s back as the slip began. Unfortunately, the referee called it a knockdown, turning a 10-9 round for Fanlong into a 10-8 round for Pascal. That three-point swing changed a draw into a Pascal decision. The slip was one of at least three during the fight as the signage on the ring canvas in the new ProBox facility seemed to be still wet.
Fanlong was fighting extremely well and was well ahead on the cards up to that point. All three judges had him winning the first three rounds. In the second, Pascal was hurt and dazed but recovered just before the bell. During the middle of the fight, Fanlong boxed effectively at range and neutralized most of Pascal’s flurries. Pascal’s experience, however, was successful at stealing some of those rounds. Despite being tired and hurt early, Pascal finished the fight strongly.
“Fanlong clearly won the fight,” said Shaun George, the former light heavyweight and cruiserweight who trains Fanlong and disputed the scoring as well as the slip ruling. “The referee made a horrible call in the ninth round when he slipped because the floor was wet. The fight wasn’t close. For anyone who hasn’t seen the fight, watch it and judge for yourself.”
Fanlong agreed and hopes for a rematch, even if it takes place in Montreal. “I feel like I did enough to win the fight,” he said. “I would love a rematch. I would be willing to go to Canada to fight Jean on his home turf.”
ABOUT MENG FANLONG
Meng Fanlong is a Chinese professional boxer who competes in the light heavyweight division. Meng has a long list of amateur boxing accomplishments, including earning a spot on the the 2012 Chinese Olympic team. He is now a top-ten ranked light heavyweight as a professional.
ABOUT LANE BROTHERS BOXING
New York City Based “Lane Brothers Boxing” was founded in 2019 by brothers Terry and Tommy Lane. The Lane brothers have worked in professional boxing for over fifteen years, and are now using their industry expertise to advise top international boxing talent.
ABOUT LI “KURT” MAOPEI
Li Maopei, aka Kurt Li, is an advisor to top boxing talent across the globe with an expertise and focus on professional boxers from his native China.
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