Earlier today at Korakuen Hall fight fans saw the Japanese Female Featherweight title change hands following a hotly contested 6 round clash.
Heading in to the bout Kimika Miyoshi (15-13-1, 6) [三好喜美佳] was looking to retain the title and begin moving towards another potential world title fight. For her however those hopes were dashed as she came up short against the younger Yoshie Wakasa (7-2, 2) [若狭与志枝], who claimed her biggest career win.
Wakasa made the most of her youthful energy and took control early on, making a fast start and taking the early initiative. Miyoshi tried to fire back, and looked to use her 1-2's to establish herself in the bout, but struggled with the unorthodox attack of Wakasa who took the first 2 rounds.
In round 3 Wakasa suffered a cut from a clash of heads, but that didn't slow her and neither did a stubborn attempt to fight back from Miyoshi, who was trying to get out of a hole in the final 2 rounds. Sadly for Miyoshi it was too much too late and she came up short on all 3 cards.
For Wakasa this was third time lucky and the win gives the 32 year old a career best victory and opens the door to potentially big fights down the line. As for Miyoshi the 36 year old is surely looking down the barrel of retirement now.
On the under-card of this bout was the debut of the promising Junki Shirasaki (1-0) [白崎隼樹] who secured a well earned win on debut against Yuma Omine (0-3) [大峯優真]. This was the type of tough work out Shirasaki would have been wanting, but the jury is out on his longer term potential.
Earlier today Junki Shirasaki [白崎隼樹] attended a press conference and whilst he wasn't the focus of the event it was interesting to see that he did play a notable and announce that he would become a professional fighter in the near future, having seemingly signed his professional papers.
Although not a truly elite level amateur Shirasaki did notch up more than 33 win in the unpaid ranks and came 5th in the National Polity. With his amateur experience he'll be taking the B License test, with the plan for that to happen in October, and he's likely to make his debut in a 6 round bout before the end of 2020.
Although footage of Shirasaki isn't too prominent the brilliant sakana 1976 has uploaded some amateur footage of Shirasaki and he looks a very competent. There's nothing that makes us feel he'll become a world champion, especially given he's now 27, but he has got the tools to be a solid domestic contender and he could, potentially, be moved relatively quickly towards a Japanese title.
Originally Shirasaki was expected to turn professional in Fukui but was invited to the Nitta Kawasaki and appears to be signed with them. That's not a bad option, given the success and reputation of the Nitta Gym which are a well respected gym, even if they aren't one of the big name ones.
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