Tomorrow in Sakai City we'll see WBO female Light Flyweight champion Tenkai Tsunami (27-12-1, 16) [有馬真波] defending her title against Shione Ogata (11-6-1, 3) [緒方汐音], in a really interesting match up between two fighters who like to let their punches fly.
Today, ahead of their bout, the two women took part in their weigh in, and both fighters made weight with no issues. In fact both fighters came in at 48.7KG's, which is 107.4lbs, comfortably under the 108lb limit.
Tsunami, sporting blonde hair for a change, sounded incredibly confident and seemed to determined to break down Ogata tomorrow. As for Ogata, who is taking a massive step up in class, she seemed to be surprised by how small Tsunami was, but stated that she felt an aura around her.
For Tsunami this will be her third defense of the title and a win here could open up doors to potentially much bigger fights on the road, as he career moves into it's final chapter. For Ogata this will be her first world title bout, though she had won 3 regional titles on her way to getting this shot, and she will be rightfully confident of continuing an impressive run of form.
For fans wanting to watch this live, it will be streamed for free on the Boxing Real YouTube channel.
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Earlier today we had the announcement that WBO female Light Flyweight champion Tenkai Tsunami (27-12-1, 16) [有馬真波] would be returning to the ring on April 4th, to defend her title against fellow Japanese fighter Shione Ogata (11-6-1, 3) [緒方汐音].
Tsunami is a veteran at world level and has one of the most established careers of any female fighter in Japan. This bout will be her third defense since winning the title way back in 2018, when she stopped Chaoz Minowa. Since winning the title she has stopped her two challengers, Gretchen Abaniel and Jessebelle Pagaduan, and also attempted to claim the WBA female Flyweight title, fighting to a split decision draw in 2019 with Naoko Fujioka.
As for Ogata this will be her first world title fight, though she has previously won the WBA Asia female, WBO Asia Pacific female and OPBF female titles at Light Flyweight, and scored notable wins over Saemi Hanagata and Erika Hanawa.
Aside from the main event we'll also get a solid chief support bout between Daiki Tomita (15-2, 5) [冨田大樹] and Shota Asami (8-7, 4) [浅海勝太], who are both coming in to the bout with JBC rankings and should make for an exciting clash over 8 rounds.
For fans wanting to attend, this event will be in Sakai City and will take place early in the afternoon with ticket prices rankings from ¥10,000 to ¥30,000
Earlier today, Sunday, fans in Toyonaka had the chance to attend a Nobuhiro Ishida promoted card at the 176BOX.
It wasn't a big show, but it was a notable one as it was the first show to be promoted solely by Ishida, who is best known in the west for his win over James Kirkland.
Ishida packed the card with some of his most notable fighters, and whilst not all the results went his way, there was big wins for two of his brightest youngsters.
One of the brightest hopes on the show was Rei Nakajima (2-0) [中島玲], who took a wide 6 round decision over Korean visitor Se Yul Yang (3-4-2, 1). The Korean showed his toughness and was under pressure through the 6 rounder, but fought back and served a genuine test for Nakajima, who had cruised to victory on his debut with no issues at all.
The other bright youngster picking up a win was the very fan friendly Aso Ishiwaki (7-2-1, 5) [石脇麻生], who scored a 3rd round win over the limited but heavy handed Takuya Matsusaka (8-9, 7) [松坂拓哉]. The bout saw Ishiwaki flirting with the 140lb division and despite the move up in weight he remained a strong, powerful bully, breaking down Matsusaka. Not only was this a step up in weight for Ishiwaki but was also against a southpaw and he seemed impressed by his own performance. The win sees Ishiwaki progress to an A class license and he's now aiming to face a ranked opponent of some kind next time out.
Sadly Ishida's female fighters had a show to forget. Veteran Momoko Kanda (10-11-2, 4) [神田桃子] was beaten by Kaori Nagai (4-2-3, 2) [長井香織], with Nagai taking a 6 round split decision over Kanda whilst Shione Ogata (11-6-1, 3) [緒方汐音] was left with a 3rd round technical draw on her record following a bout with Filipino foe Gretel de Paz (5-5-2, 2). Ogata was cut from a headclash part way through round 3 and the bout was stopped soon afterwards.
Whilst the card wasn't perfect for Ishida he does appear to have two real prospects within his stable, with Nakajima and Ishiwaki both being worthy of attention as their careers develop.
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Tomorrow in Toyonaka fight fans will see OPBF, WBO Asia Pacific and WBA Asia female Light Flyweight champion Shione Ogata (11-6, 3) [緒方汐音] fight in a stay busy bout as she takes on Filipino foe Gretel de Paz (5-5-1, 2).
The bout is a non-title bout, being fought above the Light Flyweight limit, at a contracted 111lbs.
On the scales de Paz was bang on the contracted weight, hitting 111lbs whilst Ogata was comfortably under the agreed limit at 110.23lbs.
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Earlier today OPBF, WBO Asia Pacific and WBA Asia female Light Flyweight champion Shione Ogata (11-6, 3) [緒方汐音], along with talented stablemate Rei Nakajima (1-0) [中島 玲] and promoter Nobuhiro Ishida, attended a special event with a local mayor in Osaka.
The event, which saw the Neyagawa Ishida Boxing Club owner and two of his most notable fighters meet with Mayor Nagauchi in Toyonaka city,, Osaka, and speak about upcoming plans.
Whilst these type of events do take place quite regularly they are often worth noting due to small announcements being made about a fighter's future.
Today's event saw Ishida announce that Ogata would be back in the ring in September, fighting in Toyonaka city. Her opponent wasn't announced, and neither were the details of the bout, but it's good to know that the inform Ogata is preparing for her next bout. The mayor was thanked for supporting the fighter, who is a rare regional triple crown winner and offered more support to both Ogata and Nakajima.
Nakajima, who made his debut earlier this month after a stellar amateur career, stated that he wanted to become a world champion like Mr Ishida, and whilst he certainly has a hard task on his hands, few will complain about his dominating debut, which saw him do everything but stop Sosuke Sakata on July 12th.
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