The comeback of the year, in the men's category, was an interesting category with various fighters in the mix, some of which were completely over-looked just due to the sheer number of comebacks we had. In female boxing however it was a category that really only had a single contender.
That was Ayaka Miyao [宮尾 綾香], who suffered an horrific knee injury in 2016, during her second bout with Nao Ikeyama. That injury saw her leave the ring on a stretcher, in tears, with her career almost looking like it was over. It was a terrible injury for the then 33 year old, who relied so much on her movement and speed that it seemed hard to believe she would ever look the same fighter.
Almost 18 months after the injury she returned to the ring and took a 4th round stoppage over the out classed Aisah Alico, a win she was supposed to get without any issues. Then came the big one, her 3rd bout with Ikeyama, the woman she had gotten so badly injured against.
Miyao showed no signs of fear or distrust in her leg. Instead she simply out boxed, out moved, out sped, out punched and clearly won against Ikeyama, who had scored 2 stoppages over her. The win saw Miyao become the "interim" WBA Atomweight champion and set up a potentially career defining bout in 2019, and a chance to become a 2-time world champion!
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