Tomorrow fans at the Korakuen Hall will get their third female world title fight in the space of 3 days as the tough Naoko Shibata (14-3, 4) defends her IBF female Light Flyweight title against Mexican challenger Maria Salinas (11-4-2, 4).
Today, ahead of the bout, the fighters took part in their weigh in with both fighters making weight, though Salinbas did, from what we under-stand, struggle to make weight at her first attempt, needing to come back 30 minutes after an initial weigh in to make the limit.
For the champion, who is defending her title for the 4th time, this is her first bout in almost 9 months after having seen a bout in Mexico fall through after twice being rescheduled. It's certainly been a frustrating year fo the champion but a win here would be the perfect way to end the year and vent some of her frustrations. For the challenger however it's a chance to claim a world title having previously come up short in Japan, losing a few years ago to Etsuko Tada.
Interesting the challenger has given away her game plan, stating that she was planning to cut the distance and bring the fight to Shibata up close, if she does that we could be in for a real thriller.
Shibata faces Salinas and looks to end a week of Japanese female world title action!
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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