Teenager hopeful Eruka Hiromoto (5-1) [廣本江留香] learned a hard lesson today as she lost the OPBF female Minimumweight title in a tough bout against the under-rated Sana Hazuki (8-4-1, 2) [葉月さな] City Sogo Gym in Iwakuni.
On paper this looked very much to be a bout pitting Hiromoto's speed and skills against Hazuki's aggression and pressure and that's exactly what we saw, with pressure winning out over 8 rounds.
Hazuki got off to a great start, taking the lead early on as her work rate and pressure proved to be the difference. Hiromoto looked to create distance between the two fighters but Hazuki refused to allow that distance to be maintained, and landed a number of good right hands.
Hiromoto managed to finally create some space in round 3, and mounted a small fight back in rounds 3 and 4 before we got the open scoring. When the scores were announced the judges had the bout 39-37 to Hiromoto, 39-38 to Hazuki and 39-37 to Hazuki, putting her in a small lead as we headed into the second half of the fight.
Knowing she was behind Hiromoto tried to turn things around in round 5, and she did have success, but couldn't get Hazuki's respect and instead it was Hazuki's pressure which continued to impress in the second half of the fight.
After 8 rounds the judges turned in scores of 77-75 and 77-76 to Hazuki and 77-75 to Hiromoto, giving Hazuki the split decision win and the OPBF title.
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On November 17th Eruka Hiromoto (5-0) [廣本江留香] will make her first defense of the OPBF female Minimumweight title, as she goes up against Sana Hazuki (7-4-1, 2) [葉月さな] in the main event of a show in Iwakuni.
Today it's been revealed in the Japanese press that if she wins the 19 year old Hiromoto will be getting a world title fight next year.
Reports in the press state that Hiromoto's team is in negotiations to land a world title fight in Spring 202o, though reports didn't reveal who was being targeted by the teenager and her team.
Although not an international name Hiromoto is quickly becoming an attraction in Yamaguchi prefecture, and this will actually be the first how in Iwakuni in more than 30 years.
Obviously if Hiromoto loses to Hazuki, which is certainly possible, then the world title dreams will need to be reassessed, if not just flat out cancelled, so this is a hugely significant bout for the fighter, despite the fact she is still only 19 years old.
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The Boxing Raise service, which we love despite it's sometimes awkward scheduling, have announced that in November they will be picking up 4 cards, including 2 very exciting live tournament shows and 2 tape delay recorded shows.
The first of the shows will be this Saturday's God's Left Bantamweight tournament show, featuring the God's Left semi final bouts between Seiya Tsutsumi (5-0, 4) [堤聖也] and Kenya Yamashita (14-5, 11) [山下賢哉], and Kazuki Nakajima (7-0, 6) [中嶋一輝] against Jin Minamide (4-0, 3) [南出仁]. The card also includes a Japanese title eliminator between Taiki Minamoto (16-5-1, 13) [源大輝] and Takuya Watanabe (36-9-1, 21) [渡邉卓也], and the ring return of former OPBF Minimumweight champion Tsubasa Koura (14-1, 9) [小浦 翼].
The service will also live stream November 19th Hajime No Ippo 30th anniversary tournament on November 19th. This show will feature quarter final bouts for a Featherweight tournament as Jae Woo Lee (6-2, 5) [이재우] takes on Japan's Tsuyoshi Tameda (21-4-2, 19) [溜田剛士], Shingo Kusano (11-8-1, 4) [草野慎悟] meets Chinese visitor Qiang Ma (5-1-2, 3) [马强] and we get an excellent all Japanese bout between Koshin Takeshima (4-0, 3) [竹嶋宏心] and Daisuke Watanabe (9-4-1, 6) [渡部大介]. This card will also feature Masahiro Suzuki (3-0, 2) [鈴木雅弘] against Hokuto Matsumoto (5-2, 1) [松本北斗].
As for the delay cards, Boxing Raise will be showing the November 17th and November 22nd cards.
The first of those two cards will see Eruka Hiromoto (5-0) [廣本江留香], defending her OPBF female Minimumweight title against Sana Hazuki (7-4-1, 2) [葉月さな], whilst the second will feature former Japanese Light Welterweight champion Valentine Hosokawa (24-7-3, 11) [細川繁] battling against Kosuke Arioka (9-4-1, 8) [有岡康輔]
Back in June 18 year old Eruka Hiromoto (5-0) [廣本江留香] won her first title, the OPBF female Minimumweight title. After the win it was later revealed that she would be defending the belt on November 10th, though it now appears that plans have changed, slightly, with the full details of her first defense now being made public.
Our Japanese sources have revealed that her first defense has been pushed back 1 week, to November 17th, and will see the champion taking on #2 ranked challenger Sana Hazuki (7-4-1, 2) [葉月さな].
On paper this isn't an amazing defense, but it's a solid one for a young champion who is still developing and is still very, very young and inexperienced. She's risking her title against someone who has twice fought for the Japanese Atomweight title and has clearly proven she can fight at title level, and actually gave the very highly touted Eri Matsuda a close bout in Matsuda's debut.
The venue for the bout will be in Yamaguchi, with the Iwakuni City Gymnasium seeming like it will host the bout, and the card has also got WBO Asia Pacific Light Flyweight ranked fighter Taiyo Inoue (8-5-2, 5) [井上 太陽] pencilled in for it.
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