According to a highly reliable source a deal has been reached for WBO female Minimumweight champion Etsuko Tada (20-3-3, 7) [多田悦子] to defend her title on February 13th in the US, in bout against unbeaten American challenger Seniesa Estrada (19-0, 8).
The bout will be Tada's first defense of the title since reclaiming the title in December, when she stopped Ayaka Miyao in the 9th round, with a brutal single left hand.
At the age of 39 Tada has seen better days, and she seemed very much on the slide in early 2020 when she fought to a draw with Miyao. She also seemed to be slowing and aging in 2017, when she lost a decision in Macau to Cai Zong Ju, though has strung together some good wins since that loss, including the win over Miyao and wins over Naoko Shibata and Kayaoko Ebata.
Notably this will be Tada's first bout in the US, and her 4th bout outside of Japan, and she is currently 0-2-1 when she has fought away from home.
The 28 year old Estrada is one of the rising stars of female boxing in the US and is an exciting, explosive, talented fighter who has created a real buzz for herself in recent bouts. "Super Bad" claimed the WBA "interim" Flyweight title in 2019, when she upset Olympian Marlen Esparza, and scored a 7 second blow out win over Miranda Adkins in 2020, in one of the most explosive KO's seen in female boxing in recent memory.
On paper this is the toughest fight Estrada has had since turning professional, as she takes on a multi-time world champion, but she is likely to enter as the clear favourite. Despite that this is not a gimme for the talented American.
The bout is said to have been scheduled as part of the under-card to the highly anticipated IBF Super Featherweight title bout between defending champion champion Joseph "Jojo" Diaz (31-1, 15) and mandatory challenger Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov (15-0, 12) [Шавкатджон Рахимов], and will be held at The Avalon, in Hollywood California. DAZN are expected to show the bout live, in what looks set to be a fantastic show from Golden Boy promotions.
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.
Related - Miyao and Tada battle again for WBO world title!
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!
Tomorrow at Korakuen Hall fight fans will see the first All-Japanese world title fight of the year, as Ayaka Miyao (23-8-1, 6) [宮尾 綾香] and Etsuko Tada (19-3-2, 6) [多田悦子] battle for the vacant WBO female Minimumweight title.
Today the two fighters took part in their weigh in for the contest and both fighters made the 105lb limit with no issues at all.
On the scales Tada was around 104.75lbs for the bout whilst Miyao was lighter, hitting the scales around 104.25lbs, one of the heaviest weights of her career though she has fought almost entirely at Atomweight this far in her career.
The bout, which will be the chief support bout of tomorrow's Dangan card will see both fighters wearing red Winning gloves. One other thing to note from today is that the winner will have to defend their title in a mandatory defense within 180 days
Fans unable to make it to Korakuen Hall tomorrow will have the chance to watch the action live on subscription service Boxing Raise.
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