Today at Korakuen Hall fans saw a new Japanese Female Minimumweight Champion being crowned as Yumi Narita (4-4-3, 1) [成田佑美] took a clear win over Yumiko Shimooka (4-8, 1) [下岡由美子] to claim the previously vacant title.
From the opening round Narita dictated the action, finding her rhythm early on and boxing and using her jab brilliantly to keep Shimooka on the back foot. Shimooka, to her credit, tried, but was unable get close, and unleash her right hands with any real success.
Narita, who is trained by former Japanese Middleweight champion Keiji Eguchi, fought a very controlled contest here and the judges really were impressed, scoring the bout a shut out in favour of the new champion.
With the win not only does Narita claim the title, the first title of her career, but she also repeated her 2018 win over Shimooka, and ends a run of 3 fights without a win. As for Shimooka this is a 4th straight loss and she is now 1-6 in her last 7.
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Tomorrow fight fans in Tokyo will see Yumiko Shimooka (4-7, 1) [下岡由美子] and Yumi Narita (3-4-3, 1) [成田佑美] battle for the Japanese female Minimumweight title.
The bout will be the second between the two women, who clashed in 2018 when Narita took a narrow unanimous decision win over Shimooka. Since their first bout neither fighter has picked up a win, with Narita going 0-2-1 and Shimooka going 0-2, but both clearly want a win here.
Today the two fighters took part in their weigh in for the bout.
Shimooka weighed in at just over 104.25lbs whilst Narita was notably heavier at 104.75lbs. Narita, the taller of the two, was pencilled in to fight for this title last year, before her scheduled opponent was forced to pull out of the bout due to injury.
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Earlier today fight fans in Himeji saw a new Japanese Female Minimumweight champion being crowned, as veteran Chie Higano (8-7-1, 2) [日向野知恵] narrowly over-came Yumi Narita (3-3-3, 1) [成田佑美] in what was a second bout between the two women, who had fought to a draw last year.
Narita started well, taking the opening round with her movement and speed. Sadly for her Higano settled into the bout, pressing the action afterwards and clearly took round 2 to get on level pegging. She then began to really move through the gears and despite one judging give round 3 to Narita there was no slowing Higano's charge through the middle rounds, with a couple of the judges having her sweeping rounds 2-5.
Narita would have success in the final round, as she closed the gap on 2 of the cards but by then it was too little too late for her to get the node.
The cards were read out, with Higano winning 58-56 on 2 of them, and losing 58-56 on the third, form a judge who had only given Higano rounds 2 and 4.
Tomorrow fight fans in Japan will be able to see Chie Higano (7-7-1, 2) [日向野知恵] battle against Yumi Narita (3-2-3, 1) [成田佑美] in their second bout, as both fighters look to become the new Japanese female Minimumweight title champion. Last year the two women fought to a draw as they looked to fill the title vacancy in October, and they will both be looking to have a clear winner this time around.
Today the two women took part in their weigh in for the contest, and both fighters made the 105lb limit for the bout.
On the scales Narita was 105lbs, bang on the divisional limit, whilst Higano was notably lighter, coming in at 104.5lbs for the bout.
For fans outside of Himeji, where the bout will be taking place, the contest will be made available in the near future through the excellent Boxing Raise service, along with the rest of the Ultimate Glory Vol 51 card.
Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall Japanese fight fans had the chance to see Chie Higano (7-7-1, 2) [日向野知恵] battle against Yumi Narita (3-2-3, 1) [成田佑美] in a Japanese female Minimumweight title bout, for the vacant title.
The bout matched the top two ranked domestic contenders and their were even through out, with very little to split them.
Narita was the slightly more precise puncher but Higano really applied the pressure and dragged Narita into a messy fight for a few rounds. It left the bout being incredibly hard to score with neither fighter clearly defining themselves as the winner. Instead what seemed to happen was that one fighter would do just enough to win a round before the fighter seemed to do enough.
The judges struggled to split the fighters, with Higano winning on one card, 58-57, Narita winning 58-56 on one card whilst the third had the bout 57-57.
It seems, from comments made after the fight, that a rematch could take place and neither woman seemed happy at the draw.
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