Earlier today Japanese female fighter Naoko Fujioka (12-1, 6) left Japan ahead of her super-clash with Mexican star Mariana Juarez (40-7-3, 17) this coming weekend in Mexico.
Fujioka, a former WBC female Minimumweight and WBA female Super Flyweight champion, will know that this a huge task ahead of her but a win over Jaurez would help give Fujioka the respect that many feel she deserves. Unfortunately she has been over-looked by many in the sport.
Juarez is widely seen as one of female boxing's biggest stars and a win over her would be major news among fans who follow female boxing. Obviously given Juarez's experience and home advantage she will be the favourite but Fujioka is an exceptionally gifted fighter who already has wins over the likes of Anabel Ortiz, Victoria Argueta and Naoko Yamaguchi among others. Coming into this bout however Fujioka has lost her only other fight on the road, coming up short against Susi Kentikian last time out.
Notably this will be Juarez's 6th bout with a Japanese fighter. She is currently 4-1 against Japanese foes with her only loss being a controversial one to Riyo Togo, which was later avenged.
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