We reported a few days ago that there was to be a Japanese a show on "Hina Matsuri", better known as the "Dolls Festival", featuring just fighters. Today saw that card officially announced with IBF female Light Flyweight champion Naoko Shibata (11-3, 3), WBA Atomweight champion Ayaka Miyao (16-5-1, 1) and WBC Atomweight champion Momo Koseki (17-2-1, 4) all appearing at the announcement.
For Shibata, defending her belt for the first time, the excitement was clear. Of the 3 title fights it does appear that Shibata has the easiest task facing 21 year old Mexican Guadalupe Martinez (6-5, 3). Despite her record Martinez has been fighting at the world level and is experienced against elite level fighters.
It's been mentioned that if Shibata wins she will be trying to set up a unification bout with WBC champion Mari Ando in what would be a genuinely great fight for the Light Flyweight division.
For Koseki things do look easy on paper as she attempts to make the 13th defense of her title. Matched against Thai teenager Angor Onesongchaigym (5-0, 3) this looks like a mismatch in favour of the champion. Koseki however knows that Angor is more experienced than just her boxing record and it's reported that Angor was a top Muay Thai fighter with an impressive record of 66-4 which should help her make up for the difference in professional experience.
The main event of the show will see Miyao defending her title against another fighter from the Onesongchaigym stable of Thai fighters. Whilst Koseki is fighting Angor we're set to see Miyao fight Buangern OnesongchaiGym (10-4-1, 1). Buangern, aged 20, will be fighting in her second world title fight having previously fallen short against Su-Yun Hong last year and could well prove to be a very difficult opponent for Miyao who is attempting to record the 4th defense of her title.
(Picture left to right-Ayaka Miyao, Momo Koseki and Naoko Shibata)
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