In Kanagawa earlier today Japanese fans saw a career defining performance from the under-rated Kimika Miyoshi (12-8-1, 5) [三好 喜美佳] who claimed the OPBF female Super Featherweight title.
The 32 year old Miyoshi, a former OPBF female Bantamweight champion, had gone 3-3 in her 6 bouts since her Bantamweight title victory way back in February 2013, where she defeated Riyo Togo in what was the 4th meeting between the two. In the eyes of many she was done as a title level fighter and a loss to Togo 8 months later saw her losing the OPBF title in her first defense. But today she completely out boxed multi-time world title challenger Chika Mizutani (14-6, 7) [水谷 智佳].
Mizutani had won the title 5 years ago but due to a lack of challengers hadn't defended it. Miyoshi, showing her desire, climbed from Bantamweight to challenge Mizutani and was rewarded for her bravery.
From the opening round the challenger looked inspired, boxing and moving, using her speed and her skills to land and get out of range. It was an effective tactic that saw Miyoshi running out to a lead when the cards were announced after 4 rounds, with Miyoshi dominant on two of the cards, which read 40-36, and in charge on the other, which was 39-37.
Having fallen well behind Mizutani tried to up the pace and take the fight to Miyoshi but the challenger was equal to it and continued to outland the champion, even when she was forced to hold her ground and fight fire with fire, in fact she more than held her own when the bout became a fight and often it was Mizutani coming off worse.
At the final bell the two fighters already knew who had won. Miyoshui raising her arms triumphantly whilst Mizutani, head bowed, walked to her corner and it was no shock when the cards were all in favour of Miyoshi, with scores of 79-73, twice, and 80-72.
Having scored the best win of her career Miyoshi stated that her intention was now on becoming a world champion, for Mizutani however the future is less rosey, and she has now suffered a trio of successive defeats, with the other two both coming at the world level.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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