Tomorrow fight fans in Tokyo get the chance to see model-come-boxer Riyako Goshi (3-4) [郷司 利也子] return to the ring for her first fight in more than 13 months, as she takes on the win-less Natsuki Tarui (0-4) [樽井 捺月]. On the paper the bout won't garner much, if any, attention however the Japanese press have managed to give the bout some attention due to the looks of Goshi, who has often managed to get media inches due to her attractiveness and curvaceous figure.
The Kawasaki Nitta gym fighter, dubbed the "Geek Idol Boxer" in some circles, has spent much of her time out of the ring recovering from a serious arm injury, as well as various non-boxing related activities. For her ring return she has dropped from being a fully blown Light Flyweight into a Minimumweight, and came in just over the minimumweight limit, at 105¼lbs. Although above the Minimumweight limit Goshi is under the contracted limited of 105½lbs for the bout. Although coming down in weight Goshi herself seems to feel the new weigh will suit her.
Tarui on the other hand was well under the contracted limit, coming in 103¾lbs. Although well under the limit this was a career heaviest for her with her typical weight being under 100lbs. Given that she's moving up in weight we suspect she'll be bullied by Goshi, who may need a win to remain relevant in the sport following back to back losses last year.
For fans interested in watching this bout it will be available in person at the Korakuen Hall tomorrow as part of Dangan Ladies Vol 2 and it will also be featured on Boxingraise on Thursday as part of their subscription service for user of the service.
(Image of Goshi courtesy of Sponichi)
At the moment female boxing in Japan seems to be on the rise with a lot of attention being given to two particular female fighters. One of those is current OPBF female Super Bantamweight champion Tomomi Takano whilst the other is the limited but popular Light Flyweight Riyako Goshi (3-3).
Over the past day Goshi took part in a press conference, to help bring attention to her upcoming bout with the WBC #16 ranked Atomweight fighter Chie Higano (3-3). At that press conference Goshi did mention that a a fight with Takano would probably be a stretch too far for her, given that the fighters are several weights apart. Despite that the 33 year old fighter did mention that, some day, she would like to fight for the OPBF title.
Although not the most skilled fighter out there Goshi has proven a hit with the fans and media due to her good looks, her willingness to show some flesh and her personality. In the ring however she has been trying to improve and has started that she's been working on her straight left hand ahead of her bout with Higano. She may well need an improved performance to over-come her ranked foe here.
(Image courtesy of daily.co.jp)
Japanese female fighter Riyako Goshi (3-2) managed to turn heads on Thursday at the weigh in for Friday's show at the Korakuen Hall.
The attractive fighter weighed in at 107lbs for her 4 round bout with Yumiko Shimooka (1-1, 1), who was 106¾lbs, though the thing that caught the eye was Goshi's figure in a Bikini that left little to the imagination.
For Goshi the lack of clothes is nothing new with her often posing as a gravure model, something that has gotten her a lot more attention than her boxing.
Coming in their bout Goshi is on a 3 fight winning streak, after having began her career 0-2. Incidentally Shimooka has also won her last bout scoring a 3rd round TKO against Ozora Hikaru.
The bout is the show opener and whilst the skills on show aren't expected to be the best we suspect that the bout will get attention afterwards, more so than several other bouts on the card.
(Image courtesy of http://www.hochi.co.jp)
Japanese female fighter Riyako Goshi (2-2) might not be a big name but she always seems to be a hit in the local papers who often carry stories about her due to her fun attitude, good looks, media friendly personality and her "gravure" work. She was again in the papers and on the Japanese websites this morning as she took part in an open work out ahead of her return to the ring on January 29th.
The work out saw Goshi dressing in cosplay as Mikasa Ackerman, a character from "Attack on Titan", and although it was more fun and less serious that usual work outs it did get plenty of attention with the fighter herself discussing both her love of the "Attack on Titan" franchise and her upcoming bout.
In regards to her upcoming bout Goshi said she would be dropping to Light Flyweight and rematching Thailand's Kanittha Saknarong. Goshi said that the first bout was tough one due to Kanittha being too big though she feels she has improved enough to hunt the KO. We suspect that'll be easier said than done though it's great to see she has confidence in her ability and with successive wins on her record and serious time in the gym we suspect that confidence is genuinely growing all the time.
(Image courtesy of Miyoshi Shinya / www.daily.co.jp)
When fighters have a 1-2 record it can be hard to have an interest in them. Japanese fighter Riyako Goshi however does manage to buck that logic and manages to grab attention every time she steps into the ring, or rather before she steps into the ring.
The Japanese 32 year old fighter managed to turn heads again today when she donned some Sailor Moon Cosplay for an open training session and showed there is more to her than just a pretty face and sexy body. The training session, held before her upcoming bout on September 17th, will be her 2nd of the year and will see her facing a Thai foe.
Although today she was working in a boxing capacity she was also talking about some of her out of the ring activity which will include the publication of a gravure photo shoot. We're unsure when the shoot will, or did, take place or where it will be released though from what we under stand it was done to show off her sexy side.
From the press we've managed to read on the issue it appears that Goshi is trying to use boxing and entertainment to put a poor child hood with bullying behind her. As with everyone in the boxing community we are against childhood bullying and if anything Goshi can do can save just 1 child from the torment then we need to give her a thumbs up.
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