Tomorrow at Korakuen Hall we'll see the rematch between former world champions Ayaka Miyao (23-8-2, 6) [宮尾 綾香] and Etsuko Tada (19-3-3, 6) [多田悦子], who battle for the vacant WBO female Minimumweight title.
Today, ahead of tomorrow's bout, the two women took part in their weigh in and both fighters came in at an identical 104.8lbs for the bout, comfortably under the divisional limit. And both looked in solid condition at the weigh in.
The two ladies fought earlier this year, back in January 28th, and fought to an enthralling draw where both women had moments, and both landed solid shots, but neither could convince the officials they had done enough for victory.
Following their draw Miyao had planned a bout to take place in Vietnam in September, though that was cancelled due to the on going global situation. As a result two women have agree too their rematch and it's one we are really looking forward to. Especially given the competitive and exciting nature of their first bout.
In regards to this match Miyao has revealed that she has been working on the power and accuracy of her punches and has devised a gameplan to over-come Tada. That's despite not being able to spar properly for the bout, and not having any one to replicate Tada's style and physical traits. Despite that she did come across as hungry and confident of picking up the win and becoming a world champion once again.
Tada on the other hand suggested this was going to be the final chapter of her boxing career and admitted she didn't seem like herself in the first Miyao bout. She has however been in the gym since September, changed her training methods and is seemingly aware of over-training. Like Miyao she sounded confident and it sounds like both are expecting a real thriller here.
Sadly the bout won't be shown live anywhere, though it will be made available on demand via the excellent Boxing Raise service.
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Earlier today Boxing Raise released their line up for December and have announced that they will be including 4 shows during the month, with one live. Despite the fact there's only a single live show the 4 show line up is a brilliant one, with two female world title fights, two Japanese title bouts and a triple title unification contest.
The first of those shows will be the December 3rd Dangan promoted card. This will be headlined by a Japanese Minimumweight title bout featuring Masataka Taniguchi (12-3, 7) [谷口将隆] and Hizuki Saso (12-6-2, 4) [佐宗 緋月], who battle for the vacant title. The same show will also feature a WBO female Minimumweight title bout between Ayaka Miyao (23-8-2, 6) [宮尾 綾香] and Etsuko Tada (19-3-3, 6) [多田悦子].
The second show will be on December 13th and will be headlined by WBO female Super Flyweight champion Miyo Yoshida (14-1) [吉田 実代] defending her title against Tomoko Okuda (6-2-2, 1) [奥田朋子].
The only live show for the month will be on December 14th, and it's a genuinely great show from Kadoebi. The main event here will see Japanese Super Flyweight champion Kenta Nakagawa (19-3-1, 12) [中川 健太] battle WBO Asia Pacific champion Ryoji Fukunaga (12-4, 12) [福永亮次] with the two men unifying their belts, and also fighting for the vacant OPBF title in a triple title unification bout. Other bouts on this card include a brilliant match up between Hiroki Okada (19-2, 13) [岡田 博喜] and Izuki Tomioka (7-3-1, 2) [富岡樹], as well as a bout between Masahiro Suzuki (4-0, 2) [鈴木雅弘] and Jumbo Oda Nobunaga Shoten Petagine (10-5, 8) [ジャンボおだ信長本屋ペタジーニ] and one between Matcha Nakagawa (13-2-1, 5) [中川 抹茶] and Ryo Suwa (11-3, 2) [諏訪 亮].
The final show takes place on December 26th in and will be headlined by Japanese Light Flyweight champion Masamichi Yabuki (11-3, 11) [佐藤政道] defending his title against Toshimasa Ouchi (22-9-3, 8) [大内 淳雅], in what will be Yabuki's first defense.
For subscribers to Boxing Raise we'll admit December might not have a lot of shows, but what it has are fantastic, and each of these 4 shows is worth watching. We have a good month ahead for Boxing Raise users!
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Back in the summer we saw the announcement that we would be getting a WBO female Minimumweight title bout between Japanese veteran Ayaka Miyao (23-8-2, 6) [宮尾 綾香] and unbeaten Vietnamese fighter Thi Thu Nhi Nguyen (4-0, 1). The bout was scheduled for September 27th, in Vietnam, and was, to our knowledge, set to be the first world title fight in Vietnam.
Sadly in September that bout was postponed indefinitely due to the on-going global situation, which has made international travel problematic, and made things very awkward for fighters that need to travel.
Now it appears the bout is completely on the back burner, with Watanabe Gym announcing that Miyao will instead take on Etsuko Tada (19-3-3, 6) [多田悦子] for the vacant WBO belt on December 3rd at Korakuen Hall.
The bout is actually a rematch of a contest the two women had earlier this year, when Miyao and Tada fought to a draw in a very good contest. A rematch here will be expected to be just as good as the first bout between the women.
Notably this announcement seemingly makes the December 3rd Watanabe show a triple title show. As well as the WBO female Minimumweight bout we'll also see a Japanese Minimumweight title bout between #1 ranked Masataka Taniguchi (12-3, 7) [谷口将隆] and the #3 ranked contender Hizuki Saso (12-6-2, 4) [佐宗 緋月], and a OPBF female Minimumweiht title bout between defending champion Sana Hazuki (8-4-1, 2) [葉月さな] and former Japanese national champion Mizuki Chimoto (2-0, 1) [千本瑞規]. With that in mind, we really do have a stacked card here!
Back in July we heard rumblings that the WBO female Minimumweight title bout between Japanese veteran Ayaka Miyao (23-8-2, 6) [宮尾 綾香] and unbeaten Vietnamese fighter Thi Thu Nhi Nguyen (4-0, 1) was set to be postponed, but then things went eerily quiet.
Over the past few days the silence became deafening, with Watanabe Gym removing the bout from their scheduled of contests and today we found out why.
The bout, which had been scheduled to take place in Ho Chi Mihn City, Vietnam on September 27th, had been officially postponed. Not just postponed but sadly indefinitely postponed, with no date or venue now known for the bout. In fact the news has taken a weird turn in revealing that the bout might not even end up in Vietnam, with discussions for it to potentially be in Japan.
The contest was supposed to be the first world title fight with a Japanese fighter since the sport restarted. It was also pencilled in as the first world title bout to be held in Vietnam and gave Nguyen a chance to become Vietnam's first world champion. It was also a chance for Miyao, who was a legendary fighter at Atomweight, a chance to become a 2-weight world champion
The bout is the latest boxing related victim of the on going global situation.
Given what the bout mean, in regards to Vietnamese boxing and Miyao's career, we do hope this one will be rescheduled before the end of the year. Sadly though with issues the way they are in regards to international travel and the on going situation, there is no guarantee that we will get this one in 2020 and may need to wait until 2021, and given Miyao's age even that's not a given.
Just a few hours ago news in Japan broke that former WBA Atomweight champion Ayaka Miyao (23-8-2, 6) [宮尾 綾香] would be back in the ring in September as she looks to become a 2-weight world champion. More interesting than that is the who and where!
The talented Miyao will be battling for the vacant WBO female Minimumweight title in Vietnam as she takes on unbeaten Vietnamese fighter Thi Thu Nhi Nguyen (4-0, 1), in Ho Chi Mihn City, Vietnam on September 27th.
In many that makes this bout a bit of an historic one, with our research suggesting it's the first time a world title bout will be held in Vietnam.
Miyao is one of the more well known names in Japanese female boxing. She has been a professional since 2004, was the first, and so far only, female world champion from the Ohashi Gym and was well known for looking like a Japanese celebrity. She also once broke the world record for most punches through in a minute and is certainly a very interesting fighter who often goes over-looked due to the success of fellow Japanese Atomweight Momo Koseki. Last time out we actually saw her fight to a draw in a bout against Etsuko Tada for the WBO female Minimumweight title, and she's not held a world title since losing in 2015 to Koseki in a WBA/WBC unification bout.
By the time this bout comes around Miyao will be 37 and this will very much be her final chance at the top.
At 23 years old Nguyen is much less well known, despite having actually made her debut way back in 2015. Despite debuting years ago she really made her mark last year, when she went 3-0 and won the WBO Asia Pacific female Minimumweight title, beating Kanyarat Yoohanngoh in Cambodia. That title has opened up this world title shot for her, and her chance to become the first ever Vietnamese world champion.
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