Former WBA female Minimumweight champion Etsuko Tada (13-1-2, 3) was given a warning this week ahead of her upcoming rematch with Anabel Ortiz (15-3, 3), set for November 8th.
Tada, who suffered her sole defeat by split decision to Ortiz last year, has seen her Mexican opponent promise a KO this time around in an attempt to leave no doubt about the result. From Ortiz it seems like a case of serious confidence however given that she has only scored 3 in her previous 18 fights it does seem unlikely that she will be able to stop the tough Tada.
Not only did Ortiz promise a KO but claimed the comments were because was in Mexico and seems to feel that the home field advantage will suddenly give her explosive power. For Tada however this likely to be little more inspiration, if she needed many, to defeat Ortiz and reclaim her title.
The women, who have been finishing off their training and partaking in publicity events all week were both said to be ready for the fight which is one of two huge female bouts next weekend involving a Japan woman with the other being Naoko Fujioka's (12-0, 6) WBA female Flyweight title bout with Susi Kentikian (33-2-0-1, 17) in Germany. If the Japanese fighters can win both of those bouts it will go down as a memorable day in Japanese female boxing.
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Female Japanese boxing star Naoko Fujioka (12-0, 6) has generally made all of her fights look easy on route to claiming world titles at both 105lbs and 115lbs. It of course takes a special fighter to make world class opponents look bad though on November 8th she'll get a chance to prove just how special she is.
That's because the Japanese star will attempt to become the first Japanese female to become a 3-weight world world champion when she drops to Flyweight to challenger German star Susi Kentikian (33-2-0-1, 17) for the WBA female Flyweight title.
Fujioka appears to know that this is to be the toughest bout of her career. She has described Kentikian as "the best fighter" that she'll have faced and has clearly scouted the German well with accurate comments regarding Kentikian's strengths. Despite the respect for Kentikian however it does seem like the 39 year old Fujioka is still confident of victory and has promised to go for the KO whilst also suggesting that Flyweight would be her best weight.
The comment regarding the Flyweight division does seem a slightly odd one considering Fujioka has only made the weight once, though in all honesty it's hard to doubt that she is being forthright in her comment considering she is a small Super Flyweight who has given up noticeable size in her 2 Super Flyweight bouts.
The confidence of Fujioka has also come with the caveat that if she loses she will retire. For that reason alone we wish her the best and hope to see her becoming the first Japanese female to become a 3 weight world champion.
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A few short days ago we reported the odds that were available for this weekend's WBO Bantamweight title bout between the unbeaten Tomoki Kameda (30-0, 9) and Mexico's tough Alejandro Hernandez (28-10-2, 15). Since then we have seen the fighters face off and we have seen more markets become available.
At the face off we heard some interesting comments, especially from Hernandez who seemed to suggest that Kameda "wasn't a real Mexican" but that he "wanted to be a Mexican" and that if he was "really was a Mexican" this fight would take place. We assume this was lost in translation somewhere but the comments still seemed interesting. From Kameda the promise was of a KO, which would make him just the second man to stop Hernandez in his tough career.
Interestingly the actual "to win" odds haven't changed much since we first reported them. Kameda is still widely available at 1/10 by Hernandez is still the clear under-dog, though you can now get 7/1 on him as he has drifted slightly. As for the draw it's still priced at 25/1.
Recently we have seen two new markets open up on the bout. One is the method of victory whilst the other is the "To go the distance" market. Sadly these market are only available on betfair.com and at the moment there is no liquidity in either market suggesting that the demand for bets in either market is small to say the least. Hopefully this will change in the next 24 hours or so however we aren't suspecting much of a change sadly.
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There isn't a lot of betting options for gamblers this weekend though one British firm, Bet365, have began taking bets on the 10 round non-title bout between former 3-weight world champion Koki Kameda (32-1, 17) and former multi-time world title challenger Omar Salado (24-8-2, 15). Sadly however the only market available is the "To win" market.
Unsurprisingly Kameda has been made the clear favourite priced at 1/16 whilst Salado is a major under-dog priced at 8/1.
With no draw market available on bet365 we have been assured that a draw will be refunded if that happens, in all honesty however this is a bout that has been made to make Koki look good on his US debut and we'd be shocked by anything other than a Kameda win. Sadly we'd have been happy to back a win inside the distance for Koki but those odds aren't available.
Earlier this week at the WBO annual meeting in Las Vegas we saw two Japanese fighters being honoured for their recent achievements.
The fighters in question were the newly crowned WBO female Minimumweight champion Kumiko Seeser Ikehara (6-1-1, 3), who won the title on September 20th with a clear victory over Filipino Gretchen Abaniel, and WBO Atomweight champion Nao Ikeyama (15-3-1, 4), who defended her title against Masae Akitaya on the same September 20th show.
The fighters, pictured with WBO president Francisco "Paco" Varcarcel and Mexican legend Marco Antonio Barrera, both seemed proud to be honoured at the event and we would like to congratulate them on their achievements.
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