Earlier today Japanese female fighting legend Naoko Fujioka (15-1, 6) [藤岡 奈穂子] left Japan ahead of her major bout on October 1st against Jessica Chavez (27-4-3, 4) for the WBC female Flyweight title.
The Japanese icon is looking to become a 4-weight world champion when she takes on "Kika", following title wins at 105lbs, 115lbs and 118lbs. She is however up against one of the toughest opponents her career, and is also up against problematic conditions in Ecatepec, México. Those conditions are said to include troubling altitude which will likely trouble the visitor given that she has left herself less than a week to acclimatise.
Although the conditions are tough and the opponent is a very talented on Fujioka did sound confident in comments given to the Japanese media before she boarded her plane. That confidence, and her general self belief, saw her take this fight on only a few weeks notice but given the opportunity it was always going to be hard for her to turn it down and turn down a chance to become Japan's first 4-weight world champion.
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