Boxing has a number of unification bouts that simple "make sense". A Super Featherweight clash between Takashi Uchiyama and Takashi Miura for example, or Adonis Stevenson and Sergey Kovalev. Some times however we don't get those bouts that we desire.
Today however we got the announcement that one such bout was done, albeit one at Atomweight, a female only division.
The bout that was announced was a WBA/WBC unification bout in boxing's lowest division and will see WBA champion Ayaka Miyao (20-5-1, 4) battle against long reigning WBC champion Momo Koseki (20-2-1, 7) in the biggest fight the division has ever seen, and the first unification bout in the division's history.
Koseki, only the second ever WBC Atomweight champion, has held the title since August 2008, when she stopped Winyu Paradorn Gym. Since then she has defended the belt 15 times, a Japanese national record for most defenses of a world title. Her reign has been one of the longest active reigns in the sport and although she hasn't beaten great opposition she does hold notable wins over the likes of Nao Ikeyama, Masae Akitaya and Saemi Hanagata.
In the ring Koseki is a rough and tumble fighter, possibly the roughest female in the sport. She's known for coming to fight and, as a result, being involved in headclashes and bouts that have more than their share of dirty action. She is however capable of boxing cleanly and she is a real handful.
As for Miyao she won the WBA title back in 2012, when she out pointed Mari Ando, and since then she has recorded 5 defenses, beating the likes of Akitaya, Ando, Gretch Abanial and Satomi Nishimura. Her reign hasn't been as long or as impressive as Koseki but she's younger than her foe and a very live under-dog.
Miyao, who is part of the much praised Ohashi stable, is a light punching machine who sets a high pace with a lot of output. She's a very busy fighter in the ring and when she gets going she is a very hard fighter to slow down and can handcuff opponents just with her own work rate.
The bout is set to take place on October 22nd at the Korakuen Hall on a show dubbed "Phoenix Battle 56".
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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