Earlier this month we reported that former WBA Atomweight queen Ayaka Miyao (20-6-2, 4) [宮尾 綾香] would be returning to the ring on April 10th it's since been announced that she will be joined on that card by a current world champion, Naoko Shibata (14-3-1, 4) [柴田 直子].
Shibata, the current IBF female Light Flyweight champion, will not be defending her title on the show, and is instead expected to face a yet to be named Thai in an 8 round bout. The contest comes 5 months after the champion recorded her 4th defenses of the title, a split decision draw against Maria Salina, and comes following a very tough 2015 that saw her in two very close and competitive bouts.
Incidentally it also seems like Miyao's still not had her opponent for the show name, but it's likely she too will be facing a Thai opponent in a stay busy bout, albeit one that allows her to test the water at Minimumweight.
From what we understand WBA Super Featherweight "Super" champion Takashi Uchiyama [内山 高志] is booked to make an appearance on the show, though it won't be in a fighting capacity.
Ayaka Miyao to return on April 10th
(Image courtesy of http://www.kadoebi.com/)
It was announced earlier today that Japanese legend Momo Koseki (18-2-1, 5) would be defending her title again on August 2nd in a genuinely historic bout.
For Koseki this will be her 14th defence allowing her to break the long standing Japanese national record of the great Yoko Gushiken who defended the WBA Light Flyweight title 13 times in the 1970's and 1980's. Of course female boxing and male boxing are often viewed very differently it's still an amazing achievement.
It's not just Koseki in the bout however and her challenger with be Britain's Thai based 42 year old Denise Castle (2-0). Castle, who is a Muay Thai legend, will be Britain's first ever challenger to an Atomweight title and could well become the quickest Brit to ever win a world title, beating the record of Paul Weir WBO Minimumweight title back in 1993 in his 6th professional bout. Again men and women boxing are very different in terms of depth but it's still a great achievement.
With Castle's advanced Muay Thai experience it's likely that Koseki has got a real challenger on her hands here. Koseki might be one of the roughest and toughest female fighters in history but we expect she'll be having a real battle on her hands here.
For those wondering, this bout has been added to a show that already had a female world title bout on it with Naoka Shibata (12-3, 3) defending her IBF female Light Flyweight title for the second titme. Shibata, like her compatriot Koseki, has a hard test on her hands as she takes on Ana Arrazola (20-9-2, 13). Arrazola is a multi-time world title challenger who has shared the ring, twice, with the exceptional Yesica Yolanda Bopp and will be expected to give Shibata a very hard fight.
(Picture, of Koseki, courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
Earlier today we were informed of a special all-female card in Japan, which includes a total of 6 bouts, including 3 world title bouts.
The card, promoted by the East Japan Boxing Association, appears to have been organised on the back of a successful card last year with the same premise which again featured only female fighters. Like last years card it will be held on March 3rd at the Korakuen Hall and will coincide with "Hina Matsuri".
This years trio of title fights will see Naoko Shibata defending her IBF female Light Flyweight title against Guadalupe Martinez, Momo Koseki defending her WBC Atomweight title against a Thai, who we believe is Angor Onesongchaigym, and WBA Atomweight champion Ayaka Miyao, pictured, defending her belt against Buangern OnesongchaiGym.
Shibata (11-3, 3) has the easiest bout on paper against Mexico's Martinez (6-5, 3) though of course Shibata is probably the weakest of the 3 champions and is the most likely to struggle.
For Koseki (17-2-1, 4), who is regarded as the best Atomweight fighter by many, she'll be in with a bit of a mystery opponent in Angor Onesongchaigym (5-0, 3). Angor does sport a perfect record but her opposition so far leave a lot to be desired and leaves us with lingering questions about just how good the unbeaten Thai actually is.
The light hitting Miyao (16-5-1, 1) probably has the toughest bout on paper as she takes on the 20 year old Buangern OnesongchaiGym (10-4-1, 1) who has got experience at the world level, albeit in a stoppage loss to Su-Yun Hong.
As well as the 3 title bouts the under-card also looks very good for this special women's day card.
We've just come to learn that November 14th will play a major day in Japanese female boxing courtesy of a well made double header at the Korakuen Hall.
The most notable of the matches sees current WBC Atomweight champion Momo Koseki, pictured, defending her title for the 12th time. Koseki (16-2-1, 4) will be facing Mexican opponent Nora Cardoza (8-4-2, 4).
In the other match match up Naoka Shibata (10-3, 3) will battle the unbeaten Alondra Garcia (8-0, 1) in a battle for the IBF Light Flyweight title.
Shibata, a former 2-time world title challenger will be hoping it's 3rd time lucky though with Garcia holding an unbeaten record she certainly won't be coming to Japan just to lose.
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