The last 13 months or so have been huge for Chinese female fighter Fan Yin (9-0, 2). Yin showed her ability just over a year ago in Japan, when she beat Yuko Henzan. Today Yin built on that victory by over-coming Nurshahidah Roslie (14-3, 11) in Singapore, to claim the WBC Silver Female Super Bantam title.
From the opening round it was clear that Yin was the more natural boxer and the speedier fighter. She moved around the ring smartly, using her footwork to lure Roslie in before landing her left hook and getting out of range. Time and time against Roslie rushed in and ate a left hook before being able to get off anything of note herself. The little success Roslie did have was a single shot here and their but nothing consistent.
After 4 rounds we had the WBC open scoring kick up, and the scores were announced as being 40-36, 40-36, and 38-38. Although the names were't attached to the scores it was hard to see them being anything but in favour of Yin who had looked fantastic.
Knowing she was down seemed to inspire Roslie who began to up her work rate and pressure, and she began to land her right hand with some frequency as she clawed her way back into the bout. The middle rounds were all much more competitive than the early ones, and Roslie clawed her way back into the contest well, but Yin wasn't going to roll over and let the local take over the bout.
The open scoring kicked in against after round 8, and 2 of the cards were really close, 75-73 one way and 75-73 the other way. Thee third card was clear, in favour of Yin. This left the bout on a knife edge and both fighters knew it. Sadly for local fans Roslie's pressure couldn't get the success it needed in round 9, as Yin's movement and cleaner punching shone. Roslie did however bounce back excellently in the 10th round with some big right hands as she hunted the knockout.
After the scheduled 10 rounds we wen't to the score cards which were 99-92, Yin, 96-94, Roslie and, 96-94 Yin, to give the Chinese fighter her biggest win to date.
Over the weekend fight fans in Okinawa saw OPBF female Bantamweight champion Yuko Henzan (6-7-4, 2) [平安山裕子] attempt to become a double champion as she faced off with unbeaten Chinese foe Fan Yin (4-0, 1) in a bout for the WBO Asia Pacific female Bantamweight title. Sadly for Henzan she was unable to match the skills and speed of Yin, who would go on to take the decision, extend her unbeaten record and scored the best win of her career so far.
Straight from the off Yin looks sharp, used her jab well to set the tempo and created opening for her right hand. The good start form the Chinese fighter continued through the first 4 rounds as she took a very clear lead on the score cards from all 3 judges.
Henzan began to turn the bout in her favour in rounds 5 and 6, two rounds that she took on all 3 cards, but she couldn't keep it up. Instead Yin would have her second wind, and began using her feet to avoid the aggression of Henzan whilst landing her sharp shots. Those proved to be enough to please the judges, with scores of 77-75 and 78-74 in Yin's favour, whilst the other scored the bout 77-75 to Henzan.
With the win Yin takes a huge step towards getting a potential world title fight, whilst Henzan has been dealt a serious set back with this defeat.
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Earlier today saw the announcement of Mugen 9, set to take place on August 4th in Okinawa. The show will feature a pair of title fights, a female OPBF title bout and a Japanese Youth title bout.
The Japanese Youth title bout will take place at Light Flyweight and will see Ryuto Oho (11-4-1, 3) [大保龍斗] defending his title against Hiroki Inamine (2-1, 2) [稲嶺光紀]. On paper this is an outstanding fight, with Oho looking to build on a brilliant win over Tetsuya Tomioka earlier this year and make his first defense of the title.
As for Inamine, who was a very solid amateur, this bout will see him looking to bounce back from from a May defeat to former amateur stand out Rikito Shiba, in a hotly contested 6 round decision loss.
The other title fight will see OPBF female Bantamweight champion Yuko Henzan (6-6-4, 2) [平安山裕子] make her first defense of the title that she won back in April. She will be taking on unbeaten Chinese challenger Fan Yin (3-0, 1), who is taking a notable step up in class for her first title bout.
Also on this card will be Seita Ogido (11-3-3, 3) [荻堂 盛太], in a notable supporting bout.
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