Over the next few weeks we'll see a number of notable bouts featuring female fighters. Two of those set to be in action have been spending time sparring as they each prepare for possibly career defining bouts in the coming weeks.
The fighters in question were 3-weight world champion Naoko Fujioka (15-1, 6) [藤岡 奈穂子], who returns to the ring on October 1st in an attempt to become Japan's first 4-weight world champion, and highly touted debutant Ayako Minowa (0-0) [箕輪 綾子], who debuts on September 21st.
The two traded blows over 5 rounds of 2 minutes and from the reports we've read about the spar it was a genuinely good, high tempo one. Early on Fujuioka tried to pressure the novice who showed great foot work to open up angles and impressed in terms of her movement.
In the second half of the spar Fujioka went on the defense and made for a hard target for Minowa who struggled to land much clean but showed no lack of skill or desire.
The two ended the spar and both sounded like they were impressed by the other woman, and it seems clear that this was the present star of Japanese female boxing sparring with the future and there is little doubt that Minowa will genuinely shine on her debut.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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