It's fair to say that 2017 has been a massive year for the Watanabe Gym already, and we've not even got to the end of March yet. Their latest fighter to claim a new title was the unbeaten Ayumi Goto (6-0, 4) [後藤あゆみ] who claimed the OPBF female Super Bantamweight title earlier today, as she out pointed Filipino visitor Kim Actub (4-7-1, 3) for the previously vacant title.
On paper the bout was a mismatch, but in reality it was a competitive contest with Actub showing her battle tested abilities in taking the best of Goto's fire power and answering back with some solid, eye catching, blows of her own. Those blows of Actub's kept her in the fight, particularly early on, with one of the judges having the bout level at 38-38 after 4 rounds, whilst the others had it 40-37 and 40-36 in favour of Goto.
In the middle rounds, rounds 5 and 6, Actub slowed notably and it seemed that she had tired herself out whilst also losing the will to fight back. It was during those rounds that Goto essentially ran away with the contest, before Actub got a bit of a second wind, throwing some shots back in the later stages, but enough to over-turn the hole she was in.
At the final bell there was no doubting the winner, with Goto winning 80-73, 79-73 and 78-75, though the bout wasmore competitive than the two widest cards would suggest.
It now seems likely that Goto will return to the ring for her international debut, Hong Kong in May, though it's unclear whether she will be defending her title or moving onto something bigger and better.
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