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.
Tomorrow in Japan fans will be able to see Japanese Female Featherweight champion Kimika Miyoshi (15-12-1, 6) [三好喜美佳] defending her title against Yoshie Wakasa (6-2, 2) [若狭与志枝]. The bout, which is available to watch over Twitcasting, is the main event of the latest Kawasaki Nitta Gym show.
Today the two women took part in their weigh in for the bout, and both fighters made the 126lb Featherweight limit with no issues.
On the scales the defending champion was bang on the divisional limit of 126lbs whilst the challenger was comfortably below the limit at 125.2lbs.
For the champion this will be her first defense of the title she won last December, and she'll be fully aware that a win here will help her move one step closer to another world title fight. Although her record might suggest she's the under-dog she is by far the more experienced fighter, having been a 3-weigth OPBF champion and former world title challenger.
As for Wakasa the bout is her third straight title shot, though follows losses in her last 2 bouts. For her this is a must win and another defeat here will send her career back significantly, especially given her recent results. She will however feel she has learned from those set backs and will be hungry to make a point in what could, potentially, be her third, and final, shot at a title.
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One thing that has long made Japanese boxing so brilliant to fans had been the ease with which the sport is available. It's biggest fights are usually on free TV, and services like Boxing Raise have made the sport more accessible than ever before.
Japan, essentially, has no PPV market. They have some subscription TV channels, such as G+ and WOWOW showing boxing, but almost no PPV boxing at all.
With that in mind it's come as a massive surprise to learn that Hopeful Fight Vol 33 will essentially be a stand alone PPV on November 13th. Not only is it set to be one of the very, very few PPV's in Japan this year, but it's also set to be an online only PPV and comes at a frankly ridiculous price.
The event, will be headlined by Japanese Female Featherweight champion Kimika Miyoshi (15-12-1, 6) [三好喜美佳] defending her title against Yoshie Wakasa (6-2, 2) [若狭与志枝], in a bout that really won't capture the attention of many. Even the hardcore fans are likely to baulk at paying for this. Amazingly however the show till be available to watch live, on November 13th, on Twitcasting.
For those hardcore enough to want to watch this, they will need to cough up a viewing fee of ¥5,000 plus a usage fee of ¥100. Essentially for fans wanting to watch this, and just, this show it will cost almost $50. For those wondering the cheapest tickets for the event are also ¥5,000.
Sadly for the Nitta Gym this isn't the first time they've gone to what is essentially a PPV model, having previously worked with a PPV broadcaster for the 2018 Japanese Middleweight title bout between Hikaru Nishida [西田 光] and Kazuto Takesako [竹迫司登].
During a time when free live streams are being provided more and more often, and when fans themselves are looking to buy broadcasting rights for events, this seems a very, very poor move from the promoters and one that has been priced to the point where almost no one will be watching.
Earlier today we were informed that Japanese Female Featherweight champion Kimika Miyoshi (15-12-1, 6) [三好喜美佳] will be back in the ring on November 13th to make her next defense defense of the title on the Kawasaki Nitta gym promoted "Hopeful Fight 33".
Miyoshi, who won the title last September when she defeated Miki Mitsuda, will be looking for her second defense here when she takes on Yoshie Wakasa (6-2, 2) [若狭与志枝].
The 36 year old Miyoshi is one of the true stalwarts of the Japanese female boxing scene. She made her debut back in 2008 and with 28 bouts to her name she's had a long and notable career. She hasn't managed to win a world title, despite fighting in a number of world title bouts, but is a 3-weight OPBF female champion and is obviously a current Japanese female champion.
Wakasa on the other hand is a 32 year old who began her career with 6 straight wins, but has lost her last two, coming up short to Miyo Yoshida in March 2019, in a Japanese female Bantamweight title bout, and losing in OPBF Female Featherweight bout in September, to Wakako Fujiwara.
Miyoshi will be the favourite, given her experience and current form, but this is certainly not a gimme for the champion.
Back in May 2019 Masayuki Kuroda (30-8-3, 16) [黒田 雅之] put up a spirited effort in a loss to IBF Flyweight champion Moruti Mthalane. That was his second loss at world level, and despite putting up a solid effort he was made to look a clear level below that of Mthalane.
Following that loss the popular fighter from Kawasaki vanished, with many assuming he was going to quietly retire following a solid career...at least they did until earlier today, when Kuroda and his ream held a press conference.
Today's press conference saw Kuroda announce that he would be continuing his career, and still had his eye on winning a world title, despite having come up short in two world title bouts so far in his career.
Kuroda, dubbed "The last Samurai", had been unsure himself about his future until recently though after attending a few bouts in December seemed to realise he still had more to give the sport, informing the Nitta Gym Chairman that he wanted to continue his career on New Year's Day.
Today Kuroda, and the higher ups from the Nitta Gym, held a press conference, where Kuroda explained that not only was he was coming back to win a world title but that his next bout was now set to take place on March 30th.
At the moment Kuroda has no opponent named for his March bout, but his foe is expected to be named in the coming weeks, in what will likely be an easy comeback bout, before tougher bouts later in the year. What we do know, at least for now, is that Kuroda will headline the show, which will take place at Korakuen Hall and the card will also feature Japanese Female Featherweight champion Kimika Miyoshi (15-12-1, 6) [三好喜美佳].
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