Tomorrow at the EDION Arena Osaka we'll see WBO female Super Flyweight champion Miyo Yoshida (14-1) [吉田 実代] defending her title for the second time, as she goes up against Tomoko Okuda (6-2-2, 1) [奥田朋子].
Today, ahead of their clash, the two fighters took part in their weigh in for the bout, and both fighters made weight.
On the scales Yoshida, who was the much shorter fighters, came in comfortably under the limit, weighing around 114.6lbs for the bout. She spoke about being the shorter fighter and suggested it wasn't going to be an issue and that she had sparred men to prepare for Okuda. She also seemed to feel that she has developed as a fighter following her transfer to the Misako Gym earlier this year and working with a new trainer.
Okuda on the other hand was bang on the limit and looked huge at the weight, though that shouldn't be too much of a surprise given that she has, mostly, been competing at Bantamweight. Interestingly she revealed that she was able to eat well and still make weight, thanks to advice from fellow fighter Shingo Kawamura. She also admitted that she didn't expect this title fight to come so soon, but is grateful for the opportunity.
For fans wanting to watch this it will be made available, on demand, on subscription service Boxing Raise.
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Earlier today Boxing Raise released their line up for December and have announced that they will be including 4 shows during the month, with one live. Despite the fact there's only a single live show the 4 show line up is a brilliant one, with two female world title fights, two Japanese title bouts and a triple title unification contest.
The first of those shows will be the December 3rd Dangan promoted card. This will be headlined by a Japanese Minimumweight title bout featuring Masataka Taniguchi (12-3, 7) [谷口将隆] and Hizuki Saso (12-6-2, 4) [佐宗 緋月], who battle for the vacant title. The same show will also feature a WBO female Minimumweight title bout between Ayaka Miyao (23-8-2, 6) [宮尾 綾香] and Etsuko Tada (19-3-3, 6) [多田悦子].
The second show will be on December 13th and will be headlined by WBO female Super Flyweight champion Miyo Yoshida (14-1) [吉田 実代] defending her title against Tomoko Okuda (6-2-2, 1) [奥田朋子].
The only live show for the month will be on December 14th, and it's a genuinely great show from Kadoebi. The main event here will see Japanese Super Flyweight champion Kenta Nakagawa (19-3-1, 12) [中川 健太] battle WBO Asia Pacific champion Ryoji Fukunaga (12-4, 12) [福永亮次] with the two men unifying their belts, and also fighting for the vacant OPBF title in a triple title unification bout. Other bouts on this card include a brilliant match up between Hiroki Okada (19-2, 13) [岡田 博喜] and Izuki Tomioka (7-3-1, 2) [富岡樹], as well as a bout between Masahiro Suzuki (4-0, 2) [鈴木雅弘] and Jumbo Oda Nobunaga Shoten Petagine (10-5, 8) [ジャンボおだ信長本屋ペタジーニ] and one between Matcha Nakagawa (13-2-1, 5) [中川 抹茶] and Ryo Suwa (11-3, 2) [諏訪 亮].
The final show takes place on December 26th in and will be headlined by Japanese Light Flyweight champion Masamichi Yabuki (11-3, 11) [佐藤政道] defending his title against Toshimasa Ouchi (22-9-3, 8) [大内 淳雅], in what will be Yabuki's first defense.
For subscribers to Boxing Raise we'll admit December might not have a lot of shows, but what it has are fantastic, and each of these 4 shows is worth watching. We have a good month ahead for Boxing Raise users!
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As we head towards the end of 2020 we are expecting a lot of announcements for bouts, and shows that haven't yet been publicly confirmed. For example we've known for a while that on December 13th there would be a world title fight in Japan, but until there was near clear indication as to who would be involved on the show.
Earlier today that changed with the announced of who would be on that show.
The announced was that WBO female Super Flyweight champion Miyo Yoshida (14-1) [吉田 実代] would be making her second defense of the title with the champion taking on Tomoko Okuda (6-2-2, 1) [奥田朋子], who won the OPBF and Japanese female Bantamweight titles last year.
The bout will take place at EDION Arena Osaka, in Osaka City, and will be taking place on the second show at the venue on December 13th, following on from a Shinsei promoted events under their "Real Spirits" banner.
For Yoshida, who has gained a lot of attention for being a single mother who has gone on to win a world title, this will be her first bout since transferring to the Misako gym earlier this year. She's expected to show a lot of improvement in this bout, and has admitted to working on the on the inside.
As for Okuda this is her first world title bout and she has thanked those responsible for setting this bout up. She's clearly excited about the opportunity, but she will clear be the under-dog against the talented, tall, and awkward champion, who really has impressed in recent bouts.
Last September we saw a bout for the Japanese female Bantamweight title and the OPBF Female Banamtamweight title end in a draw as the unbeaten Kanako Taniyama (2-1-1, 1) [谷山 佳菜子] was controversially denied victory against Tomoko Okuda (6-2-2, 1) [奥田朋子] in Okuda's home city of Sakai.
Today the two women rematched in Tokyo, and again the judges were called into action in what was a bout that swung from one direction to the other.
In the first fight it was regularly Taniyama forcing the pace and tempo, but this time around the Watanabe Gym fighter seemed happy to prove she could strike at range whilst it was Okuda who looked to get inside, and land counter rights on her way in.
From the opening round Taniyama looked to control the distance and repeatedly found a home for her right hand up top. It was a good game plan but not one she could maintain and by the end of round 3 it was clear both women were feeling the pace, and the action was beginning to get sloppy.
The sloppiness began to suit Okuda more, as she let shots go in the clinches that were happening, with a lot of messy action in round 4. That bred more success for Okuda who continued pressing and landing clean, and heavy counters. In fact the power seemed very much with Okuda who landed the much hard looking shots.
After 4 rounds the scores were level on 2 cards and Okuda was up, 39-37 on the third.
In round 6 a clash of heads left Taniyama with a cut above her left eye which the doctor inspected at the start of round 7. The cut seemed to inspire Taniyama to be more aggressive and she began the round hammering off shots but was caught by clean shots herself as she looked to turn back in her favour. Soon afterwards however the cut re-opened forcing an early conclusion as we went to the scorecards.
At the conclusion of the contest Okuda was favoured by all 3 judges, with scores of 68-65 and 67-66, twice, to take the unanimous decision and both the JBC Female and OPBF Female the titles.
At tomorrow's Dangan card we'll see a lot of interesting bouts, one of which is a Japanese female Bantamweight title bout as the unbeaten Kanako Taniyama (2-0-1, 1) [谷山 佳菜子] battles with Tomoko Okuda (5-2-2, 1) [奥田朋子] in their second bout. The two women fought to a controversial draw last year, leaving the title vacant.
Today the two fighters took part in their weigh in and both fighters made the 118lb limit with no issues at all.
Okuda was well under the limit at around 117.25lbs and spoke about how sh was able to prepare injury free for this bout. She seemed very lucky to get the draw in the first bout between the fighters, and has clearly worked hard to prepare for this one, as she spoke about the fighters she had been training with.
Taniyama was even further under the limit, coming in just over 117lbs. She spoke about settling the score for their 2019 draw and explained that she was going to fight like a tiger.
For fans wanting to watch this bout it will be shown live on boxing raise.
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