Earlier today IBF female Light Flyweight champion Naoko Shibata (16-3-1, 5) [柴田 直子] took part in a press conference to announce her 6th defense of the title. The champion, who has reigned for more than 3 years, will be facing the fighter she originally beat for the title back in November 2013, and unlike that bout Shibata won't have the home advantage.
Instead of fighting at home Shibata will be making her international debut and be travelling to Guadalajara in Mexico to take on Alondra Garcia (16-3-1, 1).
When the women first met, back in 2013, Shibata took a unanimous decision over Garcia, who had entered that bout 9-0. Since then Shibata has made 5 defenses against figjters like Ana Arrazola, Saemi Hanagata and Maria Salinas, twice. As for Garcia the last few years have seen her go 7-2-1, losing to Victoria Argueta and Sabrina Maribel Perez, as well as drawing with the then debuting Eloisa Martinez. Although she has scored 7 wins they have been at a relative low level and it's hard to know just how much she has improved since her first bout with Shibata.
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