Earlier this month we reported that Tomomi Takano (8-2, 5) [高野人母美] had vacated the OPBF female Super Bantamweight title, as she intends to make a mark on the sport as a Bantamweight. When Takano vacated the title it killed the dream of the leggy former world title challenger facing off with the unbeaten Ayumi Goto (5-0, 4) [後藤あゆみ].
Despite the fact we won't get to see Takano battling Goto we do now know that Goto will getting a shot at the title on March 15th, with the unbeaten Watanabe gym fighter now set to face Filipino Kim Actub (4-6-1, 3) for the vacant title.
For Goto the bout sees her getting a long awaited title shot, as she had chased a showed down with Takano through much of 2016. Despite chasing the title she has actually faced very limited opposition, taking on most Thai debutants in low profile cards since turning pro back in 2015. Although she has a good record on paper her record has been dire so far and it's hard to really know how good she is.
Actub, dubbed "Bonecrusher", began her career in 2011 and suffered 4 straight losses. Since then she has started to get her career back on track and gone 4-2-1 (3) including stoppages in her last 2 bouts. She has faced much better competition than Takano so far, but she hasn't yet fought as a Super Bantamweight and will be moving up in weight here for this title fight.
The card is also set to see Kayoko Ebata (10-7, 6) [江畑 佳代子] battle for the WBO Minimumweight title, and also a bout featuring Saemi Hanagata (12-6-3, 6) [花形 冴美]. At the moment neither of those fighters have had opponents named, but Ebata has been linked to a contest with Erika Hanawa (6-0, 1) [塙 英理加], with the bout being reported on the WBO's website earlier this year.
(Image of Goto courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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