Over the weekend it was revealed that the planned bout between WBA female Super Featherweight champion Hyun Mi Choi (19-0-1, 5) [최현미] and unbeaten Japanese novice Aka Ringo (3-0, 2) [中井麻美], which was scheduled for August 15th.
The reason for the bout being cancelled is unclear, though sources have revealed it was "due to circumstances regarding the champion". This could mean that Choi was unable to make weight, something we tend to feel is unlikely to be the cause given she has often stayed in great shape between fights, or a financial issue regarding the promoter, something that seems more likely given her team have often struggled to make ends meet financially and has been used to explain her lack of activity since winning the Super Featherweight title.
At the moment it's unclear what Choi will be doing next, however Ringo has immediately been pencilled in for a different fight, this time with Ringo taking on Bo Mi Re Shin (12-1-3, 6) [신보미레] on September 4th for the WBC International Women's Super Featherweight title.
Yesterday it was announced that WBA female Super Featherweight champion Hyun Mi Choi (19-0-1, 5) [최현미] would be returning to the ring on August 15th, to defend her title against unbeaten Japanese novice Aka Ringo (3-0, 2) [中井麻美], the current WBO Asia Pacific female Bantamweight champion.
The 31 year old Korean won the title back in 2013 and has recorded 9 title defenses, including one in the US. She had planned to face British fighter Terri Harper in a world title unification bout last year, with Harper then holding the WBC title, before Harper had to pull out with injury and subsequently lost the title to Alycia Baumgardner. Sicne that bout fell though she's become the forgotten woman at 130lbs, with Matchroom seemingly forgetting that they had signed her, and she's only fought Simone da Silva since her Matchroom debut in 2020.
Although a long term champion Choi's reign has been a huge frustrating and disappointing one, and she's missed out on pretty much all the top names in and around 130lbs. She's failed to meet any of the other champions or top contenders and her reign has certainly not been one to remember, despite it's length.
As for Ringo the 27 year old Japanese fighter debuted last year, when she defeated fellow debutant Mika Yagio. Her most recent bout saw her stopping veteran Yuko Henzan for the WBO Asia Pacific title at 118lbs, but amazingly she'll be jumping up 3 weight classes for this bout, which is inexplicable and a further example of Choi's title defenses not being particularly interesting. Since turning professional Ringo has had just 11 professional rounds to her name, and this bout will be just over 16 months from her debut.
The bout, which will be staged in Seoul, will be shown live in South Korea on MBN
Earlier today Shinsei Gym put on their latest show under the Real Spirits line of events, with the show taking place at the EDION Arena Osaka, in Osaka City. The card, was an all-female show, featuring 3 notable title fights.
The first of the three title bouts saw Kaoru Iga (6-2-1) [伊賀薫] claim the Japanese Atomweight title as she took a 6 round majority decision win again Natsuki Tarui (4-9-2) [樽井捺月]. Iga took control of this one very early on, dropping Tarui in the opening round with a right hand and establishing herself. Tarui gritted her teeth and battled back hard, getting a toe hold on the action in round 2, but was dropped a second time in round 4 and with two knockdowns in a 6 rounder it was always going to be incredibly tough for Tarui to over-turn the deficit. After 6 rounds the judges had this one 58-54, twice, and 56-56.
The second title bout saw Kanako Taniyama (5-1-1, 1) [谷山佳菜子] retain her Japanese female Bantamweight title, with her first defense, as she easily over-came Miki Mitsuda (5-8, 4) [満田美紀]. From the off Taniyama looked determined to control the bout, and dictate the action. She got behind her jab, kept the fight at range, and whilst Mitsuda had moments of success with her hooks, she could never keep it up whilst Taniyama upped the tempo round after round, and easily did enough to earn the decision, retaining her title and scoring a shut out win. The result her is quite telling as the two fought in 2020, with Mitsuda really pushing Taniyama all the way, with Taniyama sneaking a majority decision, but she really was in total control here.
The third title bout on the show saw Aka Ringo (3-0, 2) [中井麻美] win the WBO Asia Pacific Female Bantamweight title with a TKO win over tough veteran Yuko Henzan (8-12-4, 2) [平安山裕子], who had never previously been stopped. Ringo dropped Henzan in the first round, as she looked to make a statement, and then hurt her in the second round, showing off her power, and forced the referee to step in and save the veteran. This was a showcase from Ringo who was taking a step up, and looked sensational, with a win that should boost her to the fringes of a WBO world title fight in the next year or two.
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