Tomorrow at Korakuen Hall fight fans will be able to see WBO female Super Flyweight champion Miyo Yoshida (15-2) [吉田実代] take on Tamao Ozawa (16-5, 6) [小澤瑶生], with Yoshida looking to record her first defense of her second reign with the title. Today, ahead of their bout, the two women took part in their weigh in for the bout,
At the weigh in both fighters made weigh for the bout with no issues at all.
On the scales Yoshida came in on the limit, at and looked in great shape, whilst also looking full of confidence and self belief. In fact she almost seemed happy at the weigh in, despite obviously needing to cut down in weight for the bout. After making weight she declared that she will win not matter how the bout is fought. She seemed incredibly self assured, and the feeling is that she has trained really hard on not just winning here, but on looking good in victory.
It's worth noting the bout will be streamed live on Yoshida's Youtube channel and it's clear she wants to use the opportunity to build her profile and her name in the sport.
Ozawa on the other hand came in well under the limit, in fact she was 114lbs on the scales, a full 1lb under the limit. She has had a baby since she last fought and despite the birth of her child she seemed determined to make the most of this opportunity, which she was offered late last year. Like Yoshida she seemed confidence and notably had been training with Tomoko Okuda, who has twice faced Yoshida.
For those wanting to watch Miyo Yoshida's YouTube is supposed to have the bout streamed live on it.
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Earlier today Misako Gym announced that they would be holding a show at Korakuen Hall on May 30th, headlined by a world title bout and featuring both a former Japanese champion returning following the loss of his title and another former Japanese champion taking part in his retirement ceremony.
The fighter taking part in their retirement ceremony is former Japanese Bantamweight champion Yusuke Suzuki (11-3, 7) [鈴木悠介], who had to retire following his career defining title win over Yuta Saito, due to issues with his eyes. Although he's not been in action since 2019, this is a lovely way to send him off into his post boxing life, and a great chance to for fans to acknowledge a true warrior.
The former Japanese champion looking to get their career back on track is former Japanese Light Welterweight champion Daishi Nagata (15-3-2, 6) [永田大士], who looks to rebuild form his 2021 title loss to Masahiro Suzuki, as he takes on Tetsuya Kondo (6-5, 4) [近藤哲哉], in what should be an easy comeback bout.
The main bout for the show, and the real talking point of the event, will see WBO female Super Flyweight world champion Miyo Yoshida (15-2) [吉田実代], who seeks the first defense of her second reign, as she takes on Tamao Ozawa (16-5, 6) [小澤瑶生], who gets her third shot at a world title. This will be Yoshida's first bout since she reclaimed the title back in June, when she defeated Tomoko Okuda and avenged the loss she had to Okuda in 2020. As for Ozawa she has previously come up short at world level against Su Yun Hong and Raja Amasheh.
Earlier today in Kyoto fans saw former world title challenger Tamao Ozawa (16-5, 6) [小澤瑶生] successfully claim the Japanese female Flyweight title, with a clear 6 round decision win over Hye Soo Park (5-8-1, 1).
The boutsaw Ozawa fighting off the jab early on, and she clear would even drio Park before the opening round was over. Ozawa then continue to dictate the tempo of the bout, clearly doing more than enough to rack up the rounds against a game, but out matched visitor.
After 6 rounds there was no doubting the result, with Ozawa winning 60-53, 59-54 and 58-56, a card that was far, far too close..
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Tomorrow in Kyoto fans will be able to see an all-female card thanks to Futur. The card is an interesting one for a number of reasons, and features 3 bouts worthy of some note.
Arguably the most intriguing of those bouts is a Japanese and Korean female Flyweight title bout between Tamao Ozawa (15-5, 6) [小澤瑶生] and Hye Soo Park (5-7-1, 1). The winner will, momentarily, become a double champion, in what is a real oddity, and the first bout to be fought under these rather unique and peculiar rules.
On the scales Ozawa was 111.77lbs, much heavier than the Korean fight, who was just 1110.9lbs, more than a full 1lb under the Flyweight limit.
Sadly it appears this bout won't be available to watch outside of Kyoto.
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Earlier this month the Korean Boxing Management, aka BoxingM, reported several interesting stories.
First there will be a Korea Vs Japan card in on June 25th at the Korakuen Hall. Originally this card was pencilled in for March 14, but was delayed to give the Reason promotions, who do the Dangan shows, a bit of extra time to organise the event, which we now know will take place at the Korakuen Hall. We haven't had the names of anyone involved in this card announced, yet, but it is expected to be a strong card with both countries being allowed to send good fighters to it, rather than mismatches favouring the home country.
Secondly, and arguably more interestingly, is an agreement between the two countries to allow national titles from both countries to be fought for in Japan, and to allow fighters from both countries to fight for the Japanese title. This is part of a wider change from the JBC, though the Korean's have explained it pretty well.
The BoxingM described the rule change as "a boxing M registered player can challenge a Japanese women's title match", and "So if a player who needs a Korean title match does not have an opponent, a title match is possible against a Japanese player, and JBC has approved it." The first bout under this rule will take place on April 13th in Kyoto.
At the moment it's unclear how wide scoping this rule is, but it does also appear to apply to male title fights too, and is the rule that was made in the 1970's, though never actually invoked. In theory it opens up titles to more challengers, which can be vital in the division's where national competition is lacking, and will allow fighters more opportunities to fight for and defend national titles. One thing that has been reported is that this is not explicitly limited to BoxingM and the JBC, but is actually OPBF wide, allowing Indonesian's, Thai's and Filipino's in on national title action from across other OPBF countries.
To our understanding if a fighter, wins a national title, not of their body, they can defend it in the country they won it, but if they leave that country to fight the title becomes vacant.
The first fight under this new rule, according to BoxingM, will see Tamao Ozawa (15-5, 6) [小澤瑶生] fight against against Hye Soo Park (5-7-1, 1) for the JBC and BoxingM female Light Flyweight titles in April, in what is a rather unique bout given this dual national title fight situation.
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