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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Earlier today in Kawasaki fight fans saw Japanese Female Featherweight champion Kimika Miyoshi (15-12-1, 6) [三好喜美佳] make her first defense, as she successfully defend her title by stopping the previously unbeaten Aira Midorikawa (5-1, 1) [緑川愛].
The challenger started well and it was clear she was up for the fight. She was aggressive and looked to land her right hand in the opening stages. Sadly though her lack of experienced proved to be a problem, and Miyoshi found holes in her defense, landing her jab with regularity and establishing control behind her crisper, more developed punches. The accuracy of Miyoshi was breaking down the will of the challenger, who was tiring our and being broken down, physically and mentally.
With Midorikawa needing to mount a huge turn around in round 6 she fought hard, but that gave Miyoshi more opportunity to strike, and that's exactly what the champion did, forcing the referee to stop the action after 45 seconds of round 6.
After the bout Miyoshi admitted that the challenger had a powerful overhand right, but seemed to be unimpressed by everything else in her arsenal. As fo the lower it seems she's taking this loss as a learning experience and wants to learn from defeat.
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Tomorrow Japanese Female Featherweight champion Kimika Miyoshi (14-12-1, 5) [三好喜美佳] will defend her title against unbeaten challenger Aira Midorikawa (5-0, 1) [緑川愛], at the Culttz Kawasaki.
Today, ahead of tomorrow's bout, the two fighters have taken part in their weigh in for the contest, and both fighters made the 126lb limit with no issues at all.
On the scales the champion was 125.4lbs whilst the challenger was 125.7lbs, easily under the limit.
The champion, making her first defense since winning the title in September,want to give fans a show and emphasised her aggression and attacking style. The challenger on the other hand seemed much more focused on the bout at hand, and quotes from her seemed to hint she was more focused on winning than anything else, and added that she didn't care about the gulf in experience between the two fighters.
Related - Veteran Miyoshi takes on Midorikawa in Featherweight title bout
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Earlier today we were informed that Japanese Female Featherweight champion Kimika Miyoshi (14-12-1, 5) [三好喜美佳] would be defending her title on December 7th. The veteran champion, who claimed the title in September, will be up against unbeaten Watanabe gym fighter Aira Midorikawa (5-0, 1) [緑川愛], in what will be her first title bout.
Miyoshi, who is a 3 weight OPBF champion and current Japanese title holder, has struggled in recent years with consistency, but is a battled hardened veteran who has experience at world level and always comes to win. She's limited and lacks power, but she is there to fight.
As for Midorikawa she is also 35 but this is her first bout of any real note, after fighting 5 novices since her May 2017 debut. On paper this is a massive step up in class since, especially given she has been fighting at Super Bantamweight. Despite the step up she will be confident of picking up the win.
This bout will be held at the Korakuen Hall and will be one of the lead support bouts of Hopeful Fight vol 32, which is promoted by Miyoshi's promoter Nitta gym.
Earlier today at the EDION Arena Osaka, fight fans saw a new Japanese Female Featherweight champion being crowned, as veteran Kimika Miyoshi (14-12-1, 5) [三好喜美佳] over-came the hard hitting Miki Mitsuda (5-6, 4) [満田美紀].
Miyoshi, in her 27th professional bout, relied on her experience from the off, sticking her jab effectively into the face of Mitsuda, who tried to respond with straight right hands. Mitsuda's work was the heavy looking, but she struggled for consistency against Miyoshi's jab.
Miyoshi would enjoy further success in round 3, when she forced Mitsuda on to the ropes, but she failed to land anything major at the time. As the bout went on Miyoshi began to slow, allowing Mitsuda to build success on the inside, but by then it seemed like Miyoshi had done enough to to take home the win.
After 6 completed rounds we went to the score-cards 58-56, twice, whilst Mitsuda was some how able to get a 59-55 card from the third judge.
After the bout Miyoshi spoke about getting another world title fighter, and is clearly looking for one more shot at world honours. Mitsuda on the other hand described Miyoshi as being a strong fighter after the final bell.
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