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 at the EDION Arena Osaka, fight fans had the chance to see Japanese female Minimumweight champion Yumi Narita (5-4-3, 1) [成田佑美] successfully make her first defense as she over-came the determined Mont Blanc Miki (4-4-1, 1) [田中美樹] to take a 6 round decision win.
In the opening seconds it was Narita who was coming forward, though it didn't take long for the roles to flip and Miki became the one marching forward, looking to draw the champion into a firefight up close. Narita began creating space, tagging the challenger on her way in and spoiling on the inside, as the action got messy. It was the movement of Narita that was making things tough for Miki, and the spoiling and holding and wrestling was stopping her from getting any momentum.
As the rounds went on Narita began to create more and more space, working at mid-range more frequently, scoring almost at will as Miki charged in. It wasn't easy, for Narita, but it was comfortable for her as she tried to beat the hunger out of the challenger. Miki wasn't going anywhere, Narita's lack of power wasn't hurting Miki, or discouraging her in the slightest, but it was racking up the rounds for the champion.
Every so often Miki would have some success on the inside, pinning Narita on to the ropes, but they were few and far between as Narita proved to be much, much better, quicker and smarter than her challenger.
After 6 rounds we went to the score cards, but they were a relative formality, with all 3 judges favouring Narita. The scores were 60-54, 59-55 and 58-56 all in favour of Narita, who was the much better boxer, though few will find fault with Miki's will and desire here.
Tomorrow at the EDION Arena Osaka, we'll see Japanese female Minimumweight champion Yumi Narita (4-4-3, 1) [成田佑美] look to make her first defense, as she takes on Mont Blanc Miki (4-3-1, 1) [田中美樹].
Today, ahead of their bout, the two women took part in their weigh in for the contest, and both women came in bang on the 105lb limit for the contest, whilst looking in excellent shape.
After the weigh in both fighters took part in interviews with the brilliant Boxmob.jp.
In her interview Narita seemed to admit that she has issues with confined spaces, unfortunately something has to cope with until the fight as she'll be stuck in a hotel room. She's brought things to try and helper her destress, and keep her mind occupied, but it did seem like a genuine issue for her and could affect her ahead of tomorrow's bout.
As for Miki she was more focused on winning the title, and showing what she can do in the ring. She recently transferred to the Watanabe Gym and it seems clear that working there has seen her develop her skills, adding more ability to her hunger, desire and aggression, assets that have made her a popular fighter and exciting one to watch. Interesting she also revealed she will be entering the ring dressing as a character from manga series Kimetsu no Yaiba.
For fans wanting to watch this it will be live on Boxing Real from 12:30 local time tomorrow.
Related - Narita takes on Miki in first Japanese title defense
Earlier today saw the release of the poster for Real Spirits Vol 69 and one of the major take aways from the poster was the show's chief support bout.
That bout will be a Japanese female Minimumweight title bout as Yumi Narita (4-4-3, 1) [成田佑美] defends her title against Mont Blanc Miki (4-3-1, 1) [田中美樹].
For Narita this will be her first defense, following her title win in January against Yumiko Shimooka, and she will be looking to build on that win and boost her momentum. At the age of 31 she does have time to build a solid career, but another loss here will seriously slow things down.
Miki, who's 28, is looking to bounce back from a TKO5 loss to Eri Matsuda in a Japanese Atomweight title bout, back in September 2019. Sadly for the challenger she has failed to pick up a win in her last 3 bouts, and will be more than 2 years removed from her last win when she gets in the ring here.
The show will take place on December 13th, and from what we under-stand it will be made available on the Boxing Real YouTube channel. At the moment however it's unclear if the show will be live stream, in part, or just uploaded for viewing on demand.
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.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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