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.
Earlier today our Japanese sources informed us that Japan's Tamao Ozawa (13-4, 5) [小澤瑶生] was now set to get her second world title bout, with the Kyoto based fighter returning to the ring on March 10th to take on German veteran Raja Amasheh (20-1-1-1, 4) for the vacant WBO female Super Flyweight title.
The bout, which will be held Karlsruhe, Germany, will be Ozawa's third bout outside of Japan and following contests in Sri Lanka and Mexico. As for Amasheh, who is actually based in Karlsruhe, this will be her 5th bout there and her first in the area since 2011.
For Ozawa the bout comes less than a year after her split decision loss to Su Yun Hong, in a bout for the WBO female Light Flyweight title. That bout saw the Japanese fighter fighting at a career low weight, having regularly fought at Super Flyweight, where she won the OPBF title back in 2015 with a win over Terumi Nuki. With this bout being at 115lbs we expect to see a better performance from Ozawa than she showed against Hong, though that was far from a poor outing by Ozawa.
Sadly for the Japanese fighter she is stepping in there with a more proven fighter than Hong. The 35 year old Amasheh is a former WBC Silver Flyweight champion who has mixed with the likes of Eva Voraberger, Teeraporn Oannimitt and Ana Arrazola, who took a close decision win over Amasheh in 2016. Notably however she hasn't fought since March 18th last year, and may have some ring rust coming in to this bout.
At the moment little else is set for this card, though for the two women involved in the main event the under-card really won't matter as they will both be looking to focus on becoming a world champion.
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.
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