Earlier today it was revealed that former Ohashi gym golden girl Ayaka Miyao (21-6-2, 5) [宮尾 綾香] had left the Ohashi gym and was transferring to the Watanabe gym, something that she put down to changing her general environment.
Miyao was, for years, the female star of the Ohashi gym and one of their first fighters to collect, winning the WBA Atomweight title back in 2012. After making 5 defenses of the title she finally lost it last October, losing in an action packed bout with Momo Koseki.
The loss to Koseki came in a female super fight and saw Koseki unifying the WBA and WBC Atomweight titles, becoming the first fighter in the division's history to accomplish the feat and winning only the second ever all-Japanese unification bout.
Since the loss to Koseki we've see Miyao fight just once, a stay busy bout in April on a charity show.
The transfer sees the popular and exciting fight look to rebuild her career now at the Watanabe gym, which has actually been a struggling gym this year. Losses in major for the likes of Takashi Uchiyama, Kohei Kono and Akio Shibata have hurt the gym, but with Miyao now in the stable they have another world class fighter among their ranks. The signing of Miyao may help the recovery of the gym and it also helps secure yet another world class female to the Tokyo based outfit.
At the press conference that announced Miyao's transfer she herself stated that she would chasing world titles with some suggestion being that that she could move up to Minimumweight to do that.
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