Former WBA female Super Flyweight champion Tenkai Tsunami (20-9, 9) showed how valuable experience is earlier today as she claimed the OPBF female Bantamweight title and stopped Filipino youngster Honey Mae Bermoy (6-3, 6).
Bermoy, also known as Honey Katsumata, had come in to the fight with a fearsome reputation, She had scored all 6 of her wins by T/KO and had taken out all 6 defeated fighters inside 4 rounds, including Saki Yamada. There was however, worries about her stamina and whether she knew what to do when she couldn't blast an opponent out.
Those worries were well founded and today she found herself up against a tough opponent who wasn't going to crumble to Bermoy's power. Instead it was Bermoy who would crumble under attack of Tsunami who forced the Filipino to fold in the 7th round of a scheduled 8.
Whilst it's of course a set back for Bermoy the Filipino has plenty of time to bounce back. She is only 20 years old and if she uses the loss as a learning experience to develop her skills, pacing and stamina she could become a real force in the ring. On this occasion however she ran in to a tough, experienced, world class opponent who simply knew too much and was too good to lose.
With this victory it's possible that Tsunami will boost herself up the world rankings for another title shot. With her skills, toughness, heart and experience she's a nightmare for anyone. Although she'd have to travel to Latin American for a world title fight at Bantamweight we believe she could still make Super Flyweight and possibly even battle compatriot Naoko Fujioka in what would be a thrilling contest between two of Japan's best female fighter fighters.
(Photo courtesy of http://tenkai-tsunami.com/)
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