The career of the fantastic Naoko Fujioka (15-1, 6) [藤岡 奈穂子] took it's first step in a new chapter today as she vacated the WBO female Bantamweight title and announced her next bout.
Fujioka, who won the Bantamweight crown last year with a win over Hee Jung Yuh, defended the belt this past June, in female FOTY contender against Shindo Go and made it clear that her intent wasn't to stay at Bantamweight.
Today she not only vacated but also announced that she would be dropping back to Flyweight, the only weight she's ever been beat at, and will be returning to the ring on October 1st in Mexico where she will face Jessica Chavez (27-4-3, 4) for the WBC female Flyweight title.
The bout will be Fujioka's second shot a Flyweight title, after losing a close decision in Germany to Susi Kentikian in a bout for the WBA crown back in 2014. Since that loss she has beaten Mariana Jaurez, Yuh and Go to re-establish herself as one of the top female fighters on the planet and as Japan's first female 3-weight champion. Against Juarez we'll see Fujioka attempt to become a 4-weight champion and one of, if not the first, to drop 2 weight classes to win a title at a lower weight.
Chavez is currently enjoying her second reign as a world champion, having first held the IBF female Light Flyweight title before claiming her current belt last year. Since winning the titlein September 2015 she has ran up 3 defenses, including notable wins over Simona Galassi and Esmeralda Moreno.
Although not as successful as Fujioka the champion holds a lot of notable wins including victories over Irma Sanchez, Yesica Yolanda Bopp, Tenkai Tsunami,Melissa McMorrow, Galassi and Moreno and is generally regarded as a top 5 pound-for-pound female boxer.
Many fight fans might complain about female boxing but this bout pits two genuine top pound-for-pound fighters against each other and is the sort of thing boxing fans claim they want to see. If they really want top fighters facing off then it's worth giving these two women serious kudos for this mouth watering match up.
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