Earlier today at the EDION Arena Osaka, fight fans had the chance to see Japanese female Minimumweight champion Yumi Narita (5-4-3, 1) [成田佑美] successfully make her first defense as she over-came the determined Mont Blanc Miki (4-4-1, 1) [田中美樹] to take a 6 round decision win.
In the opening seconds it was Narita who was coming forward, though it didn't take long for the roles to flip and Miki became the one marching forward, looking to draw the champion into a firefight up close. Narita began creating space, tagging the challenger on her way in and spoiling on the inside, as the action got messy. It was the movement of Narita that was making things tough for Miki, and the spoiling and holding and wrestling was stopping her from getting any momentum.
As the rounds went on Narita began to create more and more space, working at mid-range more frequently, scoring almost at will as Miki charged in. It wasn't easy, for Narita, but it was comfortable for her as she tried to beat the hunger out of the challenger. Miki wasn't going anywhere, Narita's lack of power wasn't hurting Miki, or discouraging her in the slightest, but it was racking up the rounds for the champion.
Every so often Miki would have some success on the inside, pinning Narita on to the ropes, but they were few and far between as Narita proved to be much, much better, quicker and smarter than her challenger.
After 6 rounds we went to the score cards, but they were a relative formality, with all 3 judges favouring Narita. The scores were 60-54, 59-55 and 58-56 all in favour of Narita, who was the much better boxer, though few will find fault with Miki's will and desire here.
Tomorrow at the EDION Arena Osaka, we'll see Japanese female Minimumweight champion Yumi Narita (4-4-3, 1) [成田佑美] look to make her first defense, as she takes on Mont Blanc Miki (4-3-1, 1) [田中美樹].
Today, ahead of their bout, the two women took part in their weigh in for the contest, and both women came in bang on the 105lb limit for the contest, whilst looking in excellent shape.
After the weigh in both fighters took part in interviews with the brilliant Boxmob.jp.
In her interview Narita seemed to admit that she has issues with confined spaces, unfortunately something has to cope with until the fight as she'll be stuck in a hotel room. She's brought things to try and helper her destress, and keep her mind occupied, but it did seem like a genuine issue for her and could affect her ahead of tomorrow's bout.
As for Miki she was more focused on winning the title, and showing what she can do in the ring. She recently transferred to the Watanabe Gym and it seems clear that working there has seen her develop her skills, adding more ability to her hunger, desire and aggression, assets that have made her a popular fighter and exciting one to watch. Interesting she also revealed she will be entering the ring dressing as a character from manga series Kimetsu no Yaiba.
For fans wanting to watch this it will be live on Boxing Real from 12:30 local time tomorrow.
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Earlier today saw the release of the poster for Real Spirits Vol 69 and one of the major take aways from the poster was the show's chief support bout.
That bout will be a Japanese female Minimumweight title bout as Yumi Narita (4-4-3, 1) [成田佑美] defends her title against Mont Blanc Miki (4-3-1, 1) [田中美樹].
For Narita this will be her first defense, following her title win in January against Yumiko Shimooka, and she will be looking to build on that win and boost her momentum. At the age of 31 she does have time to build a solid career, but another loss here will seriously slow things down.
Miki, who's 28, is looking to bounce back from a TKO5 loss to Eri Matsuda in a Japanese Atomweight title bout, back in September 2019. Sadly for the challenger she has failed to pick up a win in her last 3 bouts, and will be more than 2 years removed from her last win when she gets in the ring here.
The show will take place on December 13th, and from what we under-stand it will be made available on the Boxing Real YouTube channel. At the moment however it's unclear if the show will be live stream, in part, or just uploaded for viewing on demand.
Earlier today at Korakuen Hall fight fans had the chance to see fast rising female fighter Eri Matsuda (4-0, 1) [松田恵里] record her first defense of the Japanese Atomweight title.
The talented Matsuda was taking on the brave Mont Blanc Miki (4-3-1, 1) [田中美樹], and was surprisingly forced to work hard for the win, though did record her first stoppage win.
Matsuda's southpaw jab looked sharp from the off, but Miki had it scouted well and found a home for her straight right hand as a counter. The success of Miki's right hand managed to neutralise Matsuda's jab, and forced Matsuda to depend more on her right hook and straight left hand. Those shots had real success for Matsuda who managed to leave Miki with a swollen right eye.
With Miki having a target on her eye Matsuda began to load up more, and allowed Miki to force the fight that she wanted, with Miki making the bout a brawl. The brawling took away Matsuda's key technical advantages, and she seemed to be over eager in targeting the swelling.
Miki's aggression really impressed in round 4 and got her back to even in the fight. The aggression however came at a risk of being caught by a counter and towards the end of round 5 the challenger was dropped. She recovered to her feet but a follow up attack forced the referee to save Miki and give Matsuda her first stoppage victory.
Following the bout Matsuda seemed relieved to have defended her title, and likely realised that her strength isn't brawling and going toe to toe. She's a talented boxer and doesn't need to be involved in those types of fights. Miki on the other hand suggested it was a fun fight, and it wouldn't be a surprise to see her fight for the title again, after Matsuda vacates in pursuit of world honours.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
Tomorrow at the Korakuen Hall fans will get the chance to see Eri Matsuda (3-0) [松田恵里] make her first defense of the Japanese Atomweight title, as she takes on Mont Blanc Miki (4-2-1, 1) [田中美樹], who will be competing in her first title fight.
Today the two fighters took part in their weigh in, and both came in comfortably under the 102lb Atomweight limit.
On the scales Matsuda, who has already unified the Japanese female and OPBF titles, was just under 101lbs and looked confident, calm and like a fighter fully aware she's a special talent. She said she had been working on her speed and the general view is that she will be fighting for a world title sooner rather than later.
Miki was slightly heavier on the scales, weighing in around 101l5lbs, but was still well under the limit. She seemed confident, and was aware of Matsuda's strengths, with the champion being a speedy southpaw, but was still confident that she could defeat the champion.
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(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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