Former WBA female Super Flyweight champion Naoko Yamaguchi (22-4-3 18) officially closed out here career earlier today at the Korakuen Hall as she took part in her retirement ceremony alongside mentor, and former fighter, Yoko Gushiken. As part of the ceremony Yamaguchi spoke to the crowd and said that as a fighter she had tried to KO everyone and will be trying to do something similar through the rest of her life.
The fighter, who went 15-3 (13) after the JBC began to recognise female boxing, first fought way back in 2001 though first made her name in 2010 when she claimed the OPBF Female Super Flyweight title with a 9th round TKO against Rie Fujimoto. The following year she came up short against Ana Maria Torres in a WBC world title fight but would capture the WBA title in 2012, when she defeated Tenki Tsunami.
As the WBA champion Yamaguchi recorded 2 defenses before coming unstuck against the fantastic Naoko Fujioka in November 2013 in a memorable bout. That was to be her last final bout, though retirement did take some time to decide on.
We would like to wish Naoko all the best in her life away from the ring.
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It's been announced that former WBA female Super Flyweight champion Naoko Yamaguchi (22-4-3, 18) will return to the ring on May 10th for the final time as she takes part in her retirement ceremony. This will see her step into the hallowed ring at the Korakuen Hall as part of the The Kanmuriwashi Fight Vol.51/Dangan 128.
The hard hitting Japanese fighter announced her retirement earlier this year following a successful career that saw her claiming both the female OPBF and WBA titles at 115lbs as well as fighting with several notable fighters, such as Ana Maria Torres, Tenkai Tsunami and Naoko Fujioka.
Although best known for her loss to the fantastic Fujioka, in November 2013, Yamaguchi has had an impressive career and was one of the star fighters of the Shirai Gushiken Sports gym, the gym run by the legendary Yoko Gushiken.
Her retirement comes on a show which features a number of her former stablemates including Shingo Eto (15-3-1, 9) and the promising Daigo Higa (4-0, 4).
(Image courtesy of the Shirai Gushiken Gym)
Ahead of the first big female fight of the coming week Naoko Fujioka and Naoko Yamaguchi were given their physical examinations. This left us with some very interesting information regarding the two women's sizes.
Despite being a natural Super Flyweight it's very interesting to note that Yamaguchi isn't naturally much bigger in terms of height or reach. Yes she has 2.5cm (around 1in) in reach advantage but that's not a huge difference given the way it's measured.
What is probably more interesting however is that Fujioka won't be cutting weight for the fight and appears to be very, very comfortable with the 115lb limit. On the other hand Yamaguchi appears to be needing to cut weight for the fight. What difference this will make is up for debate though we've see fighters like Floyd Mayweather Jr fighting excellently against bigger opponents due to fighting at a weight that they feel natural at.
We believe that the fight will be streamed, courtesy of "Channel Gushiken" on Ustream, though we've not been able to have this confirmed unfortunately.
Earlier this week, former world champion, Yoko Gushiken made a major announcement as he said WBA Female Super Flyweight champ Naoko Yamaguchi (22-3-3, 18) will defend her title against unbeaten compatriot Naoko Fujioka (10-0, 6), the current WBC Minimumweight champion.
The bout, set for November 13th is expected to be a sure fire winner though it's fair to say that the Gushiken managed Yamaguchi will be a clear favourite being the naturally bigger fighter.
Aged 35 the hard hitting Super Flyweight champion will be seeking the 3rd defense of her title. She has proven to be one of the truly hard hitters in female boxing and has adapted well after first being a javelin thrower.
Unbeaten in 10 bouts Fujioka is actually 3 years older than the defending champion though has proven that age is just a number on several occasions, most notably her victory over the much younger Anabel Ortiz in 2011 and Victoria Argueta last year.
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