Earlier today fight fans in Osaka saw a new OPBF Atomweight champion being crowned, as the vacant title was contested for at the EDION Arena.
The title was being contested between the very highly touted Eri Matsuda (2-0) [松田恵里] and fellow Japanese fighter Minayo Kei (6-4, 1) [慶美奈代], with Matsuda looking to set the Japanese record for fewest fights needed to win an OPBF title.
To begin the bout Kei had success, at least in round 1, but it was a round that saw Matsuda begin to measure Kei, work out what her opponent had and figure out what she had to do to win. From then on the bout was essentially all Matsuda, who dropped Kei with a counter punch in round 4.
Kei tried to pick up the pace but struggled to have any success, as she unable to match the skills, movement, timing, or rig control of Matsuda, who took the decision with scores of 79-72 from all 3 judges.
It now seems likely that Matsuda will end up fighting for a world title in 2019, and will be back in the ring in Spring. As for Kei this was a demoralising loss, but her career is certainly not over, and she could well focus on fighting for a national title in the new year.
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We're getting used to seeing Japanese fighters being fast tracked, but it's fair to say that Eri Matsuda (1-0) [松田恵里] looks to be on the fastest track so far. Tomorrow the former amateur stand out faces off with Minayo Kei (6-3, 1) [慶美奈代] for the OPBF Atomweight title.
Today the two fighters took part in their weigh in and both fighters made weight, looked comfortable doing so and looked ready to fight in their most significant bout to date.
Matsuda, who only debuted back in August, is expected to go on to be a major success in the professional ranks after developing a pro-ready style whilst in the amateur ranks, where she went 21-12 (9). This will however be a very serious test for her and Kei is no push over. In fact Kei has won 5 of her last 6 bouts and will be very hungry to claim her first title here.
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Earlier today Shinsei gym held a press conference to announce their second card for December 1st, making it one of the most stacked days for Japanese boxing in 2018.
The bouts that were announced today included two regional title fights and the next bout of a former champion.
One of the bouts announced is a WBO Asia Pacific Light Flyweight title fight, which will see Reiya Konishi (16-1, 6) [小西伶弥] make his first defense, as he faces off with Richard Rosales (13-7-2, 7). The Japanese warrior won the belt earlier this year, beating Orlie Silvestre, and is always a fun fighter to watch. He will be favoured strongly, with Rosales not expected to really test him, but the bout could be very action packed.
A second WBO Asia Pacific bout will take place at Super Featherweight as Masao Nakamura (24-3, 23) [仲村正男] and Carlo Magali (23-10-3, 12) trade blows for the vacant title. Both men are former OPBF champions and both will know that a win here will take them closer to a world title fight. Nakamura, who lost to Masayuki Ito earlier in his career, is a massive puncher whilst Magali is a tough guy who presses the action, so we're expecting a real thriller here.
A third bout announced today sees former WBA Super Bantamweight champion Shun Kubo (13-1, 9) [久保隼] facing off with Indonesian journeyman Noldi Manakane (33-25-2, 18), in what appears to be a stay busy bout for Kubo ahead of a big 2019.
Prior to today's announcement Shinsei had announced a quadruple header of female title fights for December 1st, including an OPBF Atomweight title bout between Eri Matsuda (1-0) [松田恵里] and Minayo Kei (6-3, 1) [慶美奈代] , a WBO Asia Pacific female Minimumweight title bout between Kasumi Saeki (2-0, 1) [佐伯霞] and Wassana Kamdee (3-4, 2) and a WBO female Minimumweight title bout between Kayoko Ebata (12-7, 6) [江畑佳代子] and Etsuko Tada (17-3-2, 5) [多田悦子].
Notably these bouts won't be on a mega show, but will instead be two shows on the same day at the same venue, the EDION Arena Osaka, by the same promoter. But both shows look incredibly stacked. The female card is "Real Spirits Vol 60" whilst the male card will be "Real Spirits Vol 61".
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Earlier today the Shinsei gym announced a rare quadruple header for December 1st, which will take place at the EDION Arena Osaka.
The 4 title bouts on on the show will all be female title bouts, with 3 regional title bouts and a world title bout all on the card.
One of those regional title bouts will see Eri Matsuda (1-0) [松田恵里] attempt to create history by becoming an OPBF champion in just her second bout, which would be a Japanese record. The former amateur stand out will be up against Minayo Kei (6-3, 1) [慶美奈代] for the OPBF Atomweight title.
As well as the OPBF Atomweight title fight there will also be a bout for the OPBF female Featherweight title, as Kimika Miyoshi (13-11-1, 5) [三好喜美佳] challenges Wakako Fujiwara (6-2-2, 2) [藤原芽子], who actually took the belt from Miyoshi back in July.
The other regional title bout will see Kasumi Saeki (2-0, 1) [佐伯霞] take on Wassana Kamdee (3-4, 2) for the WBO Asia Pacific female Minimumweight title. This looks to be a mismatch, given that Saeki was a top amateur, but given this is so early in her career we can't complain about her opponent too much, especially as this is clearly a bout used to step Saeki up towards a world title fight.
Talking about world title bouts the main event will be a world title bout as Kayoko Ebata (12-7, 6) [江畑佳代子] defending the WBO female Minimumweight title against Etsuko Tada (17-3-2, 5) [多田悦子]. This should be a really exciting war between too world class veterans each looking to record another big win for their long careers.
At the moment it's unclear how fans outside of the venue will be able to watch these fights, though it would seem ridiculous not to have these bouts available to watch, either through a streaming service or on some form of television broadcast.
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