Tomorrow at the EDION Arena Osaka we'll see WBO female Super Flyweight champion Miyo Yoshida (14-1) [吉田 実代] defending her title for the second time, as she goes up against Tomoko Okuda (6-2-2, 1) [奥田朋子].
Today, ahead of their clash, the two fighters took part in their weigh in for the bout, and both fighters made weight.
On the scales Yoshida, who was the much shorter fighters, came in comfortably under the limit, weighing around 114.6lbs for the bout. She spoke about being the shorter fighter and suggested it wasn't going to be an issue and that she had sparred men to prepare for Okuda. She also seemed to feel that she has developed as a fighter following her transfer to the Misako Gym earlier this year and working with a new trainer.
Okuda on the other hand was bang on the limit and looked huge at the weight, though that shouldn't be too much of a surprise given that she has, mostly, been competing at Bantamweight. Interestingly she revealed that she was able to eat well and still make weight, thanks to advice from fellow fighter Shingo Kawamura. She also admitted that she didn't expect this title fight to come so soon, but is grateful for the opportunity.
For fans wanting to watch this it will be made available, on demand, on subscription service Boxing Raise.
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Earlier today Boxing Raise released their line up for December and have announced that they will be including 4 shows during the month, with one live. Despite the fact there's only a single live show the 4 show line up is a brilliant one, with two female world title fights, two Japanese title bouts and a triple title unification contest.
The first of those shows will be the December 3rd Dangan promoted card. This will be headlined by a Japanese Minimumweight title bout featuring Masataka Taniguchi (12-3, 7) [谷口将隆] and Hizuki Saso (12-6-2, 4) [佐宗 緋月], who battle for the vacant title. The same show will also feature a WBO female Minimumweight title bout between Ayaka Miyao (23-8-2, 6) [宮尾 綾香] and Etsuko Tada (19-3-3, 6) [多田悦子].
The second show will be on December 13th and will be headlined by WBO female Super Flyweight champion Miyo Yoshida (14-1) [吉田 実代] defending her title against Tomoko Okuda (6-2-2, 1) [奥田朋子].
The only live show for the month will be on December 14th, and it's a genuinely great show from Kadoebi. The main event here will see Japanese Super Flyweight champion Kenta Nakagawa (19-3-1, 12) [中川 健太] battle WBO Asia Pacific champion Ryoji Fukunaga (12-4, 12) [福永亮次] with the two men unifying their belts, and also fighting for the vacant OPBF title in a triple title unification bout. Other bouts on this card include a brilliant match up between Hiroki Okada (19-2, 13) [岡田 博喜] and Izuki Tomioka (7-3-1, 2) [富岡樹], as well as a bout between Masahiro Suzuki (4-0, 2) [鈴木雅弘] and Jumbo Oda Nobunaga Shoten Petagine (10-5, 8) [ジャンボおだ信長本屋ペタジーニ] and one between Matcha Nakagawa (13-2-1, 5) [中川 抹茶] and Ryo Suwa (11-3, 2) [諏訪 亮].
The final show takes place on December 26th in and will be headlined by Japanese Light Flyweight champion Masamichi Yabuki (11-3, 11) [佐藤政道] defending his title against Toshimasa Ouchi (22-9-3, 8) [大内 淳雅], in what will be Yabuki's first defense.
For subscribers to Boxing Raise we'll admit December might not have a lot of shows, but what it has are fantastic, and each of these 4 shows is worth watching. We have a good month ahead for Boxing Raise users!
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As we head towards the end of 2020 we are expecting a lot of announcements for bouts, and shows that haven't yet been publicly confirmed. For example we've known for a while that on December 13th there would be a world title fight in Japan, but until there was near clear indication as to who would be involved on the show.
Earlier today that changed with the announced of who would be on that show.
The announced was that WBO female Super Flyweight champion Miyo Yoshida (14-1) [吉田 実代] would be making her second defense of the title with the champion taking on Tomoko Okuda (6-2-2, 1) [奥田朋子], who won the OPBF and Japanese female Bantamweight titles last year.
The bout will take place at EDION Arena Osaka, in Osaka City, and will be taking place on the second show at the venue on December 13th, following on from a Shinsei promoted events under their "Real Spirits" banner.
For Yoshida, who has gained a lot of attention for being a single mother who has gone on to win a world title, this will be her first bout since transferring to the Misako gym earlier this year. She's expected to show a lot of improvement in this bout, and has admitted to working on the on the inside.
As for Okuda this is her first world title bout and she has thanked those responsible for setting this bout up. She's clearly excited about the opportunity, but she will clear be the under-dog against the talented, tall, and awkward champion, who really has impressed in recent bouts.
Earlier today news broke from Japan that WBO female Super Flyweight champion Miyo Yoshida (14-1) [吉田 実代] had become the latest fighter to join the Misako gym in Tokyo, leaving the less established EBISU K's BOX gym.
Yoshida won her title in summer 2019 and defended it on New Year's Eve. She's been out of the ring since since then but few will doubt her ability, and she has proven to be a very, very talented boxer, who keeps things at range.
The fighter released a statement thanking EBISU K's BOX for helping her develop her career, become a world champion and support her career. It seems clear however that EBISU K's BOX is more limited on what they can do for the fighter going forward, whilst Misako are a larger, more financially well backed gym with the ability to help her further her career.
Interestingly it seems that Misako's plan is for Yoshida to potentially fight over seas.
Since the new year Misako have made a few transfers and Yoshida follows OPBF Super Bantamweight champion Hiroaki Teshigawara (21-2-2, 14) [勅使河原 弘晶], who signed with the gym just a couple of weeks ago, and the exciting Yasutaka Fujita (5-1, 5) [藤田裕崇], who transferred there earlier this year.
The gym seems to be stacking it's ranks, and may end up having more fights transfers to it's ranks in the coming months and is certainly having a rich run of form, with a number of champions now at the gym.
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Earlier today several female fighters form Japan left their homeland to begin a training camp in the US, with the plan being for the fighters to spend about 2 weeks training in LA and Las Vegas.
Among the 4 fighters that have gone together are WBA female Flyweight champion Naoko Fujioka (18-2-1, 7) [藤岡 奈穂子] and WBO female Super Flyweight champion Miyo Yoshida (14-1) [吉田 実代], along with fighters who are both expected to make their professional debuts this year.
The overall camp will run from today, to the 25th of February, with the plan being to get high level training together and work on things before planning bouts later in the year.
At the moment it's unclear when any of the 4 fighters involved will return to the ring, but Fujioka and Yoshida are both expected to defend their world titles in the near future, with Yoshida quickly becoming a bit of a female star in Japan.
Before they left for the US the 44 year old Fujioka revealed that she has been over to the US for a few of these training camps before, and she seemed excited to be with a new group of fighters.
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