Earlier today at Korakuen Hall we had the first Japanese female bout since boxing's restart in the country almost 2 weeks ago. The bout wasn't a high profile one, but was a notable one as two JBC ranked female Flyweight's clashed in a 4 rounder.
The bout saw the younger, taller Nanako Suzuki (4-2, 1) [鈴木なな子] take a clear and dominant decision win over Aoi Watanabe (2-3, 1) [渡邉葵], and successful bounce back with a win more than 14 months after her last bout.
Prior to today Suzuki was last seen losing in Hong Kong to Renz Dacquel, in a bout that saw her being dropped. That was in May 2019, and following that loss it was unclear what Suzuki was going to look like when she returned to the ring, and what her confidence was like.
Today she answered those questions with a smooth, controlled and polished performance that saw her dictating the tempo from the off, counter well and attack the body. Watanabe was dropped before trying to turn the bout around later on. By then it was too little too later and she was in too much of a hole.
After 4 rounds the judges had this one 40-35, twice, and 39-36 to Suzuki who now looks to be closing in on a JBC title fight.
Earlier today we were informed that the 3 bout card at Korakuen Hall would go ahead with no issues at all after the fighters, their chief seconds and the referees all tested negative for anything related to the "current situation".
The event, which will be behind closed doors, will feature Kenta Nakagawa (18-3-1, 12) [中川 健太] defending Japanese Super Flyweight title in a Champion Carnival bout against Yuta Matsuo (15-4-2, 8) [松尾雄太], as the main event. The bout will be televised at the weekend on Fuji TV.
As well the title bout the show will also feature the debut of amateur standout Rentaro Kimura (0-0) [木村蓮太朗], who is up against Yuya Azuma (5-3-1, 1) [東祐也], in a bout we suspect could be tougher than it looks.
The other bout on the card will see Nanako Suzuki (3-2, 1) [鈴木なな子] take on Aoi Watanabe (2-2, 1) [渡邉葵] in what will be the first female bout in Japan since the restart of boxing.
As mentioned all 6 fighters are clear of any issues relating to the ongoing crisis.
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Tomorrow there will be a show at Korakuen Hall under the Diamond Glove banner. The she is a small one with just 3 bouts on it. One of those bouts is a female contest which will see Nanako Suzuki (3-2, 1) [鈴木なな子] take on Aoi Watanabe (2-2, 1) [渡邉葵] in a 4 round Light Flyweight bout.
On the scales Suzuki, the taller and younger woman, came in at 107.4lbs and looked in good shape as she looks to bounce back from a loss last year to Filipino Renz Dacquel in Hong Kong.
Watanabe came in slightly heavier, at around 107.6lbs, and is looking to build on her December win over Riyuna Yoshikawa. Interestingly both of her wins, so far, have come against debutants, and at the age of 36 she really needs a solid performance if she's to make a mark on the higher ends of the domestic scene.
Interestingly both women are Japanese fighters. Suzuki is ranked #3 by the JBC at Flyweight whilst Watanabe is ranked #6 at Flyweight. Despite their rankings both women are fighting at Light Flyweight here.
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