Tomorrow in South Korea we'll see WBO female Minimumweight champion Etsuko Tada (20-3-3, 7) [多田悦子] face off with mandatory challenger Thi Thu Nhi Nguyen (4-0, 1), from Vietnam.
Today the two fighters took part in their weigh in for the bout, and both fighters made the 105lb weight limit, in fact both did so with easy, coming in at around 104.3lbs.
Despite both fighters making weight it seemed clear that Tada was the naturally bigger woman, she looked several inches taller than Nguyen, and thicker set than the challenger.
For fans wanting to watch this bout it will be streamed online on the Cocky Buffalo YouTube channel.
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Earlier this month we had expected to see WBO female Minimumweight champion Etsuko Tada (20-3-3, 7) [多田悦子] battle against Sana Hazuki (8-5-1, 2) [葉月さな] in Osaka. That bout however was scrapped at the 11th hour due to the WBO ordering Tada to defend her title in a mandatory defense against Vietnamese challenger Thi Thu Nhi Nguyen (4-0, 1).
Following that bout's cancellation Tada and Hazuki did partake in a public sparring session with Tada revealing that a date in October had been set for her to defend her title against Nguyen in October, in South Korea. Full details of the bout hadn't been confirmed, but it was known that an October date had been decided on.
This past week our good friend Jalol Akhmedov sent through the full details of the show, including the full line up for the show, along with the date, promotional information and even details regarding how to watch the show.
What we now know is that the bout will be in South Korea and will take place on October 23rd on a show promoted by Cocky Buffalo, with the bout in question being the main event of a planned 8 bout card, held by the Korea Boxing Commission (KBC). The card is supposed to be shown on the Cocky Buffalo YouTube channel.
Although the plans are under-way and things do appear to be set, it should be noted that Covid19 could see this bout scrapped, not for the first time, as South Korean infection numbers have been rising through recent weeks, and could see South Korea cancel boxing, as the did last year. If they continue to increase into October we wouldn't be surprised at all to see this show being rescheduled, or cancelled all together.
Yeterday we reported that a planned bout between Etsuko Tada (20-3-3, 7) [多田悦子], the WBO female Minimumweight champion, and Sana Hazuki (8-5-1, 2) [葉月さな] had to be cancelled at the 11th hour due to the WBO stepping in at the request of a Korean promoter. Today the two women took part in a spar at the EDION Arena Osaka, before Tada spoke about her future.
Tada explained that whilst she did only take part in a spar today, she did have fun, and it seemed clear that she wanted to keep the juices flowing before her next bout. We now know that that next bout is being arranged to take place in South Korea, in October, against Vietnamese fighter Thi Thu Nhi Nguyen (4-0, 1), who is the mandatory challenger for Tada and the WBO female Minimumweight title.
If she beats Nguyen, Tada revealed she wants to face Senseia Estrada in the future, with that bout potentially in her sights for 2022. As for Hazuki she revealed that she'd love to face Tada in a fight, rather than a spar, in the future.
Whilst the Tada Vs Hazuki bout was cancelled, the show went ahead with a different title fight. That was an OPBF female Light Flyweight title bout between Yumi Narita (6-4-3, 1) [成田 佑美] and Kaoru Iga (4-2-1) [伊賀 薫].
On paper it seemed like Iga would be the favourite on paper, though it was Narita who pretty much dominated the bout. She relied on her experience, jab, work rate and fighting spirit to take an early lead and never look back. Iga was landing good punches through out the contest, but Narita pressed the action, dictated the tempo and in the end ran out the clear winner as she claimed the title.
After 8 rounds the scores were 79-73 to Narita, twice, and 78-74.
For Narita this leaves her in a strange position. She's now the Japanese national champion at 105lbs and the OPBF champion at 108lbs. As for Iga this is going to be a real learning experience for her, and it will be interesting to see how she bounces back from such a wide loss.
Earlier today it was confirmed that Etsuko Tada (20-3-3, 7) [多田悦子] has had to cancel her next scheduled bout, which is set for tomorrow in Osaka due to the a mandatory obligation with the WBO, for whom she holds the female Minimumweight title.
Originally the plan had been for Tada to face Sana Hazuki (8-5-1, 2) [葉月さな], but that's had to be cancelled due with Tada having been ordered to defend her title instead. It was reported that the Korean promoter of the mandatory challenger had applied to the WBO to force an injunction, preventing Tada from fighting until she's made a mandatory defense of the title.
At the moment it's unclear when the supposed mandatory could take place, though it was known that Tada would have to defend against Vietnamese challenger Thi Thu Nhi Nguyen (4-0, 1), who was pencilled in to face Tada back in February before covid related travel restrictions prevented the bout from being staged.
It seems like that Nguyen, who is managed and promoted by a Korean, will be looking to make the most of her position, as the mandatory challenger, in the near future. It is worth noting however that she's been out of the ring since February 2020, and has seen a number of bouts fall through during the pandemic era, including the February 2021 bout with Tada and a 2020 date with Ayaka Miyao.
Due to tomorrow's bout being cancelled at short notice Tada and Hazuki will instead partake in a publci sparring session, rather than an 8 round non-title contest.
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.
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