From what we understand a second world title fight has been added to the May 17th boxing show at the Azalea Taisho in Osaka. From what we understand this fight will be an inaugural WBO Atomweight title fight as unbeaten Filipino Jessebelle Pagaduan (6-0, 4) battles Japanese veteran Nao Ikeyama (13-3-1, 4), pictured.
We've not seen this fight on the WBO website but several sources are reporting this as a confirmed fight.
The 29 year old Filipino is a southpaw and a former Philippines Games & Amusement Board. She is unbeaten since her debut in 2012 though has faced very limited domestic opponents. For her this will be her toughest test by far and just her second fight outside of Metro Manila.
At 44 years old we're not joking when we describe Japan's Ikeyama as a veteran. Her career began way back in 2003, before the JBC recognised female boxing and in 2007, aged 38, she managed to claim the WIBA Minimumweight title. Sadly however for Ikeyama she lost her biggest bout to date as she lost a WBC Atomweight title fight to Momo Koseki in 2009.
Whilst she is the more experienced fighter Ikeyama has shown serious signs of decline and has struggled in her last 2 bouts whilst Pagaduan seems to be entering her physical prime. With that in mind we tend to feel that the Filipino has a great opportunity to create history and become the first ever WBO Atomweight champion.
(Image courtesy of http://www.zukunft.co.jp)
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