Earlier this week a letter from the WBO explained that a planned bout between WBO female Minimumweight champion Etsuko Tada (20-3-3, 7) [多田悦子] and Vietnamese fighter Thi Thu Nhi Nguyen (4-0, 1), set for February 27th, has had to be postponed.
The bout, which was agreed to take place in Vietnam on a Cocky Buffalo promoted show, has been nixed due to issues with Japanese fighters leaving the country.
At the moment the JBC (Japan Boxing Commission) will not be certified to compete away from home due to the travel restrictions caused by the on going pandemic. As a result the bout has been postponed for the foreseeable future.
The bout is now expected to be taking in place in April, though there is still no guarantee that an April date will be possible given the on going developments of Covid19.
Originally Nguyen was supposed to face Ayaka Miyao [宮尾 綾香] for the then vacant title in September. Covid19 scuppered that bout, with Miyao facing Tada for the title, and Tada stopping Miyao with one of the best female KO's we've ever seen, to claim the belt. That bout took place with the understanding that the winner was expected to defend against Nguyen. As seen by the WBO letter the unbeaten Vietnamese fighter is waiting in the wings, and will be expecting her shot sooner rather than later.
Back in the summer we saw the announcement that we would be getting a WBO female Minimumweight title bout between Japanese veteran Ayaka Miyao (23-8-2, 6) [宮尾 綾香] and unbeaten Vietnamese fighter Thi Thu Nhi Nguyen (4-0, 1). The bout was scheduled for September 27th, in Vietnam, and was, to our knowledge, set to be the first world title fight in Vietnam.
Sadly in September that bout was postponed indefinitely due to the on-going global situation, which has made international travel problematic, and made things very awkward for fighters that need to travel.
Now it appears the bout is completely on the back burner, with Watanabe Gym announcing that Miyao will instead take on Etsuko Tada (19-3-3, 6) [多田悦子] for the vacant WBO belt on December 3rd at Korakuen Hall.
The bout is actually a rematch of a contest the two women had earlier this year, when Miyao and Tada fought to a draw in a very good contest. A rematch here will be expected to be just as good as the first bout between the women.
Notably this announcement seemingly makes the December 3rd Watanabe show a triple title show. As well as the WBO female Minimumweight bout we'll also see a Japanese Minimumweight title bout between #1 ranked Masataka Taniguchi (12-3, 7) [谷口将隆] and the #3 ranked contender Hizuki Saso (12-6-2, 4) [佐宗 緋月], and a OPBF female Minimumweiht title bout between defending champion Sana Hazuki (8-4-1, 2) [葉月さな] and former Japanese national champion Mizuki Chimoto (2-0, 1) [千本瑞規]. With that in mind, we really do have a stacked card here!
Back in July we heard rumblings that the WBO female Minimumweight title bout between Japanese veteran Ayaka Miyao (23-8-2, 6) [宮尾 綾香] and unbeaten Vietnamese fighter Thi Thu Nhi Nguyen (4-0, 1) was set to be postponed, but then things went eerily quiet.
Over the past few days the silence became deafening, with Watanabe Gym removing the bout from their scheduled of contests and today we found out why.
The bout, which had been scheduled to take place in Ho Chi Mihn City, Vietnam on September 27th, had been officially postponed. Not just postponed but sadly indefinitely postponed, with no date or venue now known for the bout. In fact the news has taken a weird turn in revealing that the bout might not even end up in Vietnam, with discussions for it to potentially be in Japan.
The contest was supposed to be the first world title fight with a Japanese fighter since the sport restarted. It was also pencilled in as the first world title bout to be held in Vietnam and gave Nguyen a chance to become Vietnam's first world champion. It was also a chance for Miyao, who was a legendary fighter at Atomweight, a chance to become a 2-weight world champion
The bout is the latest boxing related victim of the on going global situation.
Given what the bout mean, in regards to Vietnamese boxing and Miyao's career, we do hope this one will be rescheduled before the end of the year. Sadly though with issues the way they are in regards to international travel and the on going situation, there is no guarantee that we will get this one in 2020 and may need to wait until 2021, and given Miyao's age even that's not a given.
Just a few hours ago news in Japan broke that former WBA Atomweight champion Ayaka Miyao (23-8-2, 6) [宮尾 綾香] would be back in the ring in September as she looks to become a 2-weight world champion. More interesting than that is the who and where!
The talented Miyao will be battling for the vacant WBO female Minimumweight title in Vietnam as she takes on unbeaten Vietnamese fighter Thi Thu Nhi Nguyen (4-0, 1), in Ho Chi Mihn City, Vietnam on September 27th.
In many that makes this bout a bit of an historic one, with our research suggesting it's the first time a world title bout will be held in Vietnam.
Miyao is one of the more well known names in Japanese female boxing. She has been a professional since 2004, was the first, and so far only, female world champion from the Ohashi Gym and was well known for looking like a Japanese celebrity. She also once broke the world record for most punches through in a minute and is certainly a very interesting fighter who often goes over-looked due to the success of fellow Japanese Atomweight Momo Koseki. Last time out we actually saw her fight to a draw in a bout against Etsuko Tada for the WBO female Minimumweight title, and she's not held a world title since losing in 2015 to Koseki in a WBA/WBC unification bout.
By the time this bout comes around Miyao will be 37 and this will very much be her final chance at the top.
At 23 years old Nguyen is much less well known, despite having actually made her debut way back in 2015. Despite debuting years ago she really made her mark last year, when she went 3-0 and won the WBO Asia Pacific female Minimumweight title, beating Kanyarat Yoohanngoh in Cambodia. That title has opened up this world title shot for her, and her chance to become the first ever Vietnamese world champion.
By Rene Bonsubre,Jr
BAVET,CAMBODIA- A boxing ring was set up in the middle of the casino floor of the Felix Hotel and Casino. There was already a captive audience at hand as gamblers gathered around the tables hours before the event actually started. The crowd was immediately drawn to the ring action and were not disappointed.
The main event saw Vietnamese Thi Thu Nhi Nguyen beat Thailand’s Kanyarat Yoohanngoh in a hard fought match for the vacant WBO Female mini-flyweight title. It was a feisty affair marred by a lot of holding, which cost Yoohanngoh a point in the third. In the end, Nguyen got a split verdict from judges Surat Soikrachang (Thailand) and Jung Taek Lee (S.Korea) – 99-90,with Edward Ligas (Philippines) scoring for Kanyarat 95-94.
Nguyen is now 4-0,1KO and could be in line for a title shot. Yoohanngoh drops to 7-5,4KO’s.
The ring became a madhouse after the last bout as fans and press members mingled inside.
Uzbek boxer Olimjon Nazarov overcame a tough Orlie Silvestre by unanimous decision to retain his WBO Oriental Flyweight title. Nazarov was the bigger man during the weigh-in and his size advantage became more obvious on fight night. Silvestre, the Philippine Light Flyweight champion, tried to use his lateral movement and speed. But Nazarov’s edge in power during exchanges enabled him to build a lead. In the ninth, facial swelling developed on Silvestre. It gradually became worse but did not hamper his vision and ability to fight as he tried to win the final two rounds but it was not enough. The judges scores – Sungworn Klungboonkrung (Thailand) – 116-112,Mekin Sumon -115-113 and Jung Taek Lee (S.Korea) – 117-111.
Nazarov is now 22-5,12KO’s. He was ranked number nine by the WBO going into this bout. Silvestre suffers another loss on the road and drops to 15-6-2,8KO’s.
The WBO bouts were supervised by WBO VP for Asia Pacific Leon Panoncillo.
For the undercard matches - Abdurasul Ismoilov (8-1,5KO’s) of Uzbekistan beat grizzled Filipino veteran Adones Aguelo (33-21-2,23KO’s) by TKO end of round two due to a cut on Aguelo’s right eyelid inflicted by a legal blow.
There were two more Vietnam vs Thailand matches - Hong Quan Dinh (5-1-1,2KO) stopped Roonayut Boonraksa (8-9,1KO) in the fifth round with Boonraksa being knocked down in rounds three and five. Minh Phat Sam (6-3,5KO’s) beat Gerttipong Kumsahwat (3-6,3KO’s) by TKO in the second round.
Van Thao Tran (13-1,8KO’s) of Vietnam won a lopsided six round decision Filipino Aries Buenavides (13-5,7KO’s) and in another female match, Vietnamese Tran Thi Linh made her debut with a unanimous verdict over Bo Mi Re Shin of South Korea. This fight card was supervised and sanctioned by the Professional Boxing Commission (PBC),International.
Photos - THI THU NHI NGUYEN (LEFT) AND OLIMJON NAZARO
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