Tomorrow at Korakuen Hall fight fans will be able to see WBO female Super Flyweight champion Miyo Yoshida (15-2) [吉田実代] take on Tamao Ozawa (16-5, 6) [小澤瑶生], with Yoshida looking to record her first defense of her second reign with the title. Today, ahead of their bout, the two women took part in their weigh in for the bout,
At the weigh in both fighters made weigh for the bout with no issues at all.
On the scales Yoshida came in on the limit, at and looked in great shape, whilst also looking full of confidence and self belief. In fact she almost seemed happy at the weigh in, despite obviously needing to cut down in weight for the bout. After making weight she declared that she will win not matter how the bout is fought. She seemed incredibly self assured, and the feeling is that she has trained really hard on not just winning here, but on looking good in victory.
It's worth noting the bout will be streamed live on Yoshida's Youtube channel and it's clear she wants to use the opportunity to build her profile and her name in the sport.
Ozawa on the other hand came in well under the limit, in fact she was 114lbs on the scales, a full 1lb under the limit. She has had a baby since she last fought and despite the birth of her child she seemed determined to make the most of this opportunity, which she was offered late last year. Like Yoshida she seemed confidence and notably had been training with Tomoko Okuda, who has twice faced Yoshida.
For those wanting to watch Miyo Yoshida's YouTube is supposed to have the bout streamed live on it.
Related - Yoshida takes on Ozawa in WBO title defense
Earlier today Misako Gym announced that they would be holding a show at Korakuen Hall on May 30th, headlined by a world title bout and featuring both a former Japanese champion returning following the loss of his title and another former Japanese champion taking part in his retirement ceremony.
The fighter taking part in their retirement ceremony is former Japanese Bantamweight champion Yusuke Suzuki (11-3, 7) [鈴木悠介], who had to retire following his career defining title win over Yuta Saito, due to issues with his eyes. Although he's not been in action since 2019, this is a lovely way to send him off into his post boxing life, and a great chance to for fans to acknowledge a true warrior.
The former Japanese champion looking to get their career back on track is former Japanese Light Welterweight champion Daishi Nagata (15-3-2, 6) [永田大士], who looks to rebuild form his 2021 title loss to Masahiro Suzuki, as he takes on Tetsuya Kondo (6-5, 4) [近藤哲哉], in what should be an easy comeback bout.
The main bout for the show, and the real talking point of the event, will see WBO female Super Flyweight world champion Miyo Yoshida (15-2) [吉田実代], who seeks the first defense of her second reign, as she takes on Tamao Ozawa (16-5, 6) [小澤瑶生], who gets her third shot at a world title. This will be Yoshida's first bout since she reclaimed the title back in June, when she defeated Tomoko Okuda and avenged the loss she had to Okuda in 2020. As for Ozawa she has previously come up short at world level against Su Yun Hong and Raja Amasheh.
Tomorrow at Korakuen Hall fight fans will be able to enjoy a show from the Misako Gym. The show isn't a huge one but it is one headline by WBO female Super Flyweight champion Tomoko Okuda (7-2-2, 1) [奥田朋子], who is defending her title against Miyo Yoshida (14-2) [吉田 実代], the woman she beat for the belt last year.
Today, a day before their bout, the two women took part in their weigh in and both fighters made weigh with no issues at all.
On the scales the champion was around 114.6lbs, and she stated that she lost more weight for this bout than she had usually. Despite that the champion stated that she prepared well and revealed that rematches in women's boxing are normal, much like this bout. Despite this being a rematch she did say she was wanting to show off some new tricks in this performance and she has been training with the focus on improving her technical ability, and her jab.
Yoshida, the short fighter, was actually the heavier fighter here, coming in at around 114.7lbs. She explained that in her first bout with Okuda she had limited chances to train, but that's no the case here and it seems like she has now settled into training at the Misako Gym, with Hiroki Shiino and Kenta Kato being her main trainers. She's also been encouraged by WBC Light Flyweight champion Kenshiro Teraji, who told her to enjoy boxing more.
In regards to the rematch, Yoshida stated "There is no fighter who has a chance to fight the same opponent again and escape.", and explained that she had turned down a chance to move to Flyweight, to instead face Okuda here.
Related - Okuda and Yoshida II - Repeat or revenge?
(Image credit - Misako Gym)
Earlier today Misako Gym announced WBO female Super Flyweight champion Tomoko Okuda (7-2-2, 1) [奥田朋子] would make her first defense on June 29th at Korakuen Hall, as she defends the belt against Miyo Yoshida (14-2) [吉田 実代], the woman she beat for the title last December.
Last year Yoshida went into the bout looking to make her second defense of the title, but came up short in a rough and tough bout with Okuda, who took the belt via a 6th round technical decision.
Given the frustrating ending of the bout, which came when Okuda was left badly cut, a rematch was always a very real possibility, and the decision to get it sorted makes a lot of sense. Even if it does come about 6 months after their first bout, and neither woman was particularly busy in the ring in 2020.
Coming in to this rematch Okuda will be full of confidence, though will be going into Yoshida's back yard of Tokyo, with their first bout taking place in Osaka.
On the other hand Yoshida will be determined to reclaim the title, which she originally won in June 2019, when she beat Casey Morton via a wide 10 round decision.
At the moment no other details of this show have been announced, though the under-card is expected to be revealed in May at the latest. We suspect it will be a strong under-card, or have a strong co-feature, as whilst this is a good bout, it's perhaps not the big fan draw that promoters will be wanting to headline a late summer card.
Earlier today the nominations for the JBC and Tokyo Athletic Press Club Boxing Subcommittee annual awards were announced, with the media being able to vote on the winners, who will be announced later this month. Unlike usual there will not be a big event ceremony, due to the ongoing Covid19 situation.
Sadly Covid19 really did destroy the boxing calendar in Japan and only a handful of top Japanese fighters managed to squeeze a fight into the year. In fact only 3 of the 7 current male world champions managed to fight, and that include a man who won his world title late year.
The fighters nominated for the "Best Fighter" award were those 3 champions that manage to fight last year:
They were WBO Super Flyweight champion Kazuto Ioka (25-2, 14) [井岡一翔]
WBO Flyweight champion Junto Nakatani (21-0, 16) [中谷 潤人]
And unified WBA "super" and IBF Bantamweight champion Naoya Inoue (20-0, 17) [井上 尚弥]
Those 3 champions are also up in the running for the "Skill Award".
The "Special Merit" award sees Junto Nakatani in the running alongside:
Masayoshi Nakatani (19-1, 13) [中谷正義]
and Hironori Mishiro (10-0-1, 3) [三代大訓]
The Effort/Fighting Award short list is
Ryoji Fukunaga (13-4, 13) [福永亮次]
and Kenichi Horikawa (41-16-1, 14) [堀川 謙一]
The KO award has 4 nominees, with Inoue, Ioka, and both Junto and Masayoshi Nakatani.
The newcomer award sees Mishiro up against:
Daishi Nagata (15-2-2, 6) [永田大士]
and Masamichi Yabuki (12-3, 11) [佐藤政道]
The best bout of the year has been split into two categories, as it has been for a while.
The world title bouts up for the award are:
Kazuto Ioka Vs Kosei Tanaka (15-1, 9) [田中恒成]
Naoya Inoue Vs Jason Moloney
Junto Nakatani Vs Giemel Magramo
As for the none world title bouts, the fights nominated here are:
Riku Nagahama [長濱 陸] Vs Kudura Kaneko [クドゥラ 金子]- For the OPBF Welterweight title
Kenichi Ogawa [尾川 堅一] Vs Kazuhiro Nishitani [西谷和宏] - Non title bout
Masayoshi Nakatani Vs Felix Verdejo - WBO Intercontinental Lightweight title
Ryoji Fukunaga Vs Kenta Nakagawa [中川 健太] - WBO Asia Pacific, JBC and OPBF triple title bout
and Hironori Mishiro Vs Masayuki Ito [伊藤 雅雪] - Non title bout
As for the female awards, the MVP nominess are:
WBO Atomweight champion Mika Iwakawa (10-5-1, 3) [岩川 美花]
WBO female Minimumweight champion Etsuko Tada (20-3-3, 7) [多田悦子]
and WBO female Super Flyweight champion Tomoko Okuda (7-2-2, 1) [奥田朋子]
The best bouts for female boxing are:
Mika Iwakawa Vs Nanae Suzuki [鈴木菜々江]
Etsuko Tada Vs Ayaka Miyao [宮尾 綾香]
and Tomoko Okuda Vs Miyo Yoshida [吉田 実代]
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