Earlier this week Shinsei Promotions along with Dangan Promotions announced a stacked all female card set to take place on September 1st at Korakuen Hall. The card is a genuinely mouth watering all female card with 5 titles bouts in total, including 2 world title bouts, two regional title bouts and a Japanese title bout.
The first of the 5 bouts scheduled for the show will see Sumira Yamanaka (5-0, 1) [山中菫] battle against Honoka Kano (4-0-2, 2) [狩野ほのか] for the vacant WBO Asia Pacific Female Atomweight title. For both fighters this will be their first title fight, and it looks like a really tough one for Yamanaka, who will be giving up significant size to Kano, who is a freakish 5'5" for an Atomweight and has around 20cm (8") height advantage over Yamanaka.
The second title bout on the running order will see Mizuki Hiruta (2-0) [晝田瑞希] take on Hinami Yanai (2-0, 1) [桺井妃奈実] for the vacant Japanese female Flyweight title bout. Hiruta is a wonderfully talented boxer who uses movement, technical skills and a busy, accurate work rate, to control action whilst Yanai is more of an aggressive, pressure fighter, so this should be a real match up of styles for the title.
The third title bout on the show will OPBF Atomweight champion Eri Matsuda (4-1-1, 1) [松田恵里] defending her title against Kaori Nagai (6-4-3, 2) [長井香織]. For Nagai, a former Japanese champion, this bout is a chance to rebuild from a loss in May to Mizuki Chimoto, whilst Matsuda will be looking to claim her first win since September 2019, when she beat Mont Blanc Miki, having gone 0-1-1 since then in bouts for the IBF Atomweight title.
The first world title bout on the card will see IBF Atomweight champion Ayaka Miyao (25-9-2, 6) [宮尾綾香] defending her title against Mika Iwakawa (10-6-1, 3) [岩川美花]. Miyao won the title earlier this year, when she beat Matsuda for the previously vacant title, and this will be her first defense of the title. As for Iwakawa, a former WBO champion, this will be her first bout since losing the WBO title back in February to Nanae Suzuki.
The main event of the card will see the aforementioned Nanae Suzuki (11-4-1, 1) [鈴木菜々江] defending her WBO Atomweight title, for the first time, as she takes on former WBC Minmumweight champion Yuko Kuroki (19-7-2, 9) [黒木優子] in an excellent match up, and a very, very tough first defense.
Tomorrow at Korakuen Hall fight fans will be getting a female world title double header. Today, ahead of those bouts, the fighters involved in them took part in their weigh in.
One of the two fights will see WBO Atomweight champion Mika Iwakawa (10-5-1, 3) [岩川 美花] take on Nanae Suzuki (10-4-1, 1) [鈴木菜々江], in a rematch of a bout the two had in 2020. On the scales the defending champion was 104.5lbs, easily under the limit. Notably she commented that she had breakfast today, which is certainly unusual for a fighter on the day of their weigh in. Suzuki was even lighter on the scales, coming in at 104lbs for the bout, though didn't mention anything about eating breakfast, just that she was glad to have this opportunity, thanking her team for the helping her getting this far.
The other fight will see Ayaka Miyao (24-9-2, 6) [宮尾綾香] battle against professional novice Eri Matsuda (4-0-1, 1) [松田恵里] for the vacant IBF Atomweight title. Like the WBO title fight both of the fighters here made weight, Matsuda came in bang on the limit and explained that she was able to lose weight without struggling with losing muscle mass. Miyao on the other hand was comfortably under the limit, weighing in at 104.75lbs, and seemed incredibly hungry to claim the IBF title, to add to the WBA she held earlier in her career.
For fans wanting to watch this it is available on PPV, though the excellent Boxmob.jp website, or via subscription service BoxingRaise.
Matsuda and Miyao clash for world title!
Suzuki seeks revenge in rematch against Iwakawa!
Earlier today saw the announcement of an Atomweight world title double header set for February 25th at Korakuen Hall, as the main bouts for Victoriva Vol 8.
One of the title bouts will see 38 year old veteran Ayaka Miyao (24-9-2, 6) [宮尾綾香] battle against professional novice Eri Matsuda (4-0-1, 1) [松田恵里], in a bout for the vacant IBF Atomweight title.
For Miyao the bout will see her looking to become a 2-time world champion. The veteran is a former WBA champion, who has, sadly, come up short a number of times in recent years, including a 2015 loss in a unification bout with Momo Koseki, a WBO title fight in 2016 with Nao Ikeyama, a WBA title fight with Montserrat Alarcon in 2019, and a loss and a draw to Etsuko Tada in WBO title bouts in 2020. Despite those set backs she has shown she belongs at the world level, and with her experience, skill and style she is still very much a handful for anyone in the division.
As for Matsuda, this will be her second world title bout, following a draw with the then IBF champion Saemi Hanagata back in March, in what was Hanagata's final bout before she retired. That was a great bout, and showed that Matsuda belonged at this level, even if she was denied by the judges, who had the bout a majority draw.
The other title bout will see WBO champion Mika Iwakawa (10-5-1, 3) [岩川 美花] take on Nanae Suzuki (10-4-1, 1) [鈴木菜々江], in a bout that was supposed to take place in October 15th but was cancelled when Iwakawa suffered an injury whilst training.
These two have fought before, with Iwakawa narrowly defending her title in 2020, when she took a split decision over Suzuki, and she will be seeking her second defense here, whilst Suzuki will be looking to win a world title in her second shot at a major belt.
Earlier today news broke that the scheduled WBO Atomweight title bout, between champion Mika Iwakawa (10-5-1, 3) [岩川 美花] and fellow Japanese fighter Nanae Suzuki (10-4-1, 1) [鈴木菜々江], had been cancelled just over a week from the bout.
The bout, which was set as the headline bout of Victoriva 7 on October 15th, has been called off due to Iwakawa suffering an injury in training. The plan is to re-arrange the bout for when she's fully fit and healthy, but at the moment there is no date set for the bout.
These two have fought before, with Iwakawa taking a split decision over Suzuki in Septmeber 2020, and she would have been hoping for a more decisive win in this rematch, than in that first bout, which was a very entertaining and high action contest.
Despite the main event being cancelled the show will still go ahead as planned, with the main event now being a scheduled 6 rounder between former world champions, as Kayoko Ebata (12-8, 6) [江畑佳代子] takes on Nao Ikeyama (18-6-4, 5) [森脇恵子]. The show is set to be an all female card, as Victoriva shows typically are, and is set to be made available, on demand, on subscription service Boxing Raise.
Earlier today we saw news that WBO Atomweight champion Mika Iwakawa (10-5-1, 3) [岩川 美花] would be back in the ring for her second title defense in October, as she takes on fellow Japanese fighter Nanae Suzuki (10-4-1, 1) [鈴木菜々江], in a rematch of their hotly contested 2020 clash.
The 38 year old champion won the WBO Atomweight title in July 2018, when she narrowly beat veteran Nao Ikeyama by split decision. Since then she has had an interesting couple of years, fighting in a none title bout in 2019, defending her title against Suzuki last year and leaving the Takesago gym earlier this year after a massive breach of trust from the then gym chairman Tadanori Yamashita. This will actually be her first bout since leaving that gym and joining the Himeji Kinoshita gym.
As for Suzuki this will be her second shot at the title, following her 2020 loss to Iwakawa, though she has previously held the Japanese Atomweight title amd will likely feel her 2020 loss to Iwakawa has prepared her well for a rematch. After all that bout was a big step up in class for her, and her first 10 round. That experience and the confidence of running champion so close will do her the world of good coming in to this rematch.
The bout will headline Victoriva 7 on October 15th at Korakuen Hall, in what looks set to be an all-female card, following on from the previous Victoriva shows.
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