Ozawa and Hong make weight!
Tomorrow fight fans in Kyoto will get the chance to see a world title fight, as Tamao Ozawa (14-3, 4) [小澤 瑶生] battles with Korean foe Su Yun Hong (14-1-1, 7) [홍서연] in a bout for the vacant WBO female Light Flyweight title. Today, ahead of that bout, both fighters took part in their weigh in and both made weight.
On the scales Ozawa came in at a career low of 108lbs. The Japanese fighter, who is a former OPBF Super Flyweight champion, looked in good shape despite being so light compared to the rest of her career which has typically been fought as a Super Flyweight. She seemed confident and proud of her fan base, which have supported her through her up and down career.
Hong, a former WBO female Minimumweight champion, came in at 108lbs and also sounded confident as she stated she would become a 2-weight champion. She has held a minor titleat Light Flyweight but this is a big chance for her to hold a second major title and it seems clearshe has been putting in the preparation, whilst also showing real respect to Ozawa.
For fans interested Ozawa will be fighting in white gloves whilst Hong will be wearing black.
Related-Ozawa and Hong face off for WBO title!
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Ealier today Japanese sources reported that OPBF female Super Flyweight champion Tamao Ozawa (14-3, 4) [小澤 瑶生] will be dropping down to Light Flyweight for her next bout, scheduled for May 14th. The Japanese fighter will take on former WBO female Minimumweight champion Su Yun Hong (14-1-1, 7) [홍서연], in a bout for the currently vacant WBO female Light Flyweight title.
For Ozawa the bout will be her first world title bout, but see her fighting against a world class fight for the second time following a loss last year to Mariana Juarez. The talented Japanese fighter has won two bouts since the loss to Juarez and will be dropping to a career lowest weight for this bout, giving her a likely weight advantage over Hong.
As for Hong the bout sees her getting her first "big 4" world title bout since losing the WBO Minimumweight title way back in 2014 to Mako Yamada in Korea. Since her sole loss Hong has gone 5-0-1 (2), though has really been fighting against limited novices on the whole since that loss. Notably for the Korean the bout will be her first bout outside of Korea since a 2012 bout in Macao, which saw her beat Buangern Onesongchaigym.
For fans interested, this bout will take place in Kyoto.
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Su Yun Hong retains WIBA title
Yesterday Korean fans had the chance to see former WBO female Minimumweight champion Su Yun Hong (14-1-1, 7) [홍서연] successfully retain her WIBA Light Flyweight title, recording the 4th defense of the title that she won back in October 2014.
The talented Korean was up against Filipino veteran Jujeath Nagaowa (13-17-1, 8) who tried to use her experience to over-come the difference in skill but, thankfully for Hong, the Korean simply had too much ability.
Hong began the fight by using her movement whilst forcing Nagaowa to come forward, with the champion managing to land sharp counters and get her own shots off with out too much in reply. That speedy start however took it's toll on Hong who began to look like she was tiring in round 5 and by the end of round 7 she began to puff up around the face.
Nagaowa, sensing the champion was possibly there for the taking, tried to step up in the final rounds by Hong drew on all her reserves to claim the win, via a unanimous decision.
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Over this past weekend fans in Korea had the chance to see female star Su Yun Hong (12-1-1, 6) retain her WIBA Light Flyweight title with a stoppage victory over Thai challenger Namwaan Sithpracha (7-2, 4).
The bout, which was aired on Korea TV, seemed to slip below the radar and even the KBF, who sanctioned the contest, was slow to release the details regarding the winner. When they did release the rules however no one was really shocked with Hong's victory.
The details regarding the bout are, sadly, rather scarce though we do know that Hong won the bout after 27 seconds of round 4 with a TKO victory. Whether that was a cut, a barrage of punches, the towel coming in or the referee waving the bout off is certainly unclear at the moment.
For Hong this was the first defense of the title that she won late last year, with a 10 round decision over Ma Li of China. We're hoping that 2016 brings tougher bouts for the Korean though we are expecting, sadly, more easy ones like this in the wake of her 2014 defeat at the hands of Mako Yamada. As for Namwaan, this was the second time she had faced a fighter with a win to her record and it was also her second stoppage loss, suggesting that there's a reason she's been matched against 7 very limited opponents so far.
The KBF also report that Filipino fighter Ernie Sanchez (16-6-1, 7) stopped local fighter Ji-Hoon Cha (4-1-5) in just 19 seconds!
Later today in Korea fans will get the chance to see WIBF Light Flyweight champion Su Yun Hong (11-1-1, 5) defend her WIBA Light Flyweight title against Thailand's Namwaan Sithpracha (7-1, 4).
Ahead of that fight the two women took part in their weigh in with both fighters making weight for their bout, which will be aired on KBC Sports + in Hong's native Korea.
For the Korean fighter, and the KBF, this is a must win bout. Her career, which has faltered in recent times with a loss to Mako Yamada and a draw, albeit not recorded on Boxrec, with Dan Bi Kim. Sithpracha on the other is considered to be a fighter with nothing to lose. Her record might look impressive but her 7 wins have all come against win-less opposition whilst her sole loss did come, inside a round, to a solid fighter, a similar result is expected here.
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