Japanese female fighter Tomomi Takano (8-1, 5) may not be the mot accomplished fighter in Japan but she certainly seems to get more attention than any other female plying their trade in the country. Today she was taking part in a watermark bout for her career, her first title bout.
The rangy model-come-boxer was up against diminutive Thai Nongbua Lookpraiaree (9-13-1, 1)* in a bout for the vacant OPBF female Super Bantamweight title.
For Tomomi this was a must win bout, a loss would have left her with no real place to go rather than rebuilding, once again. Thankfully for her she had taken this bout really seriously and got herself in to great shape, she had also got a gameplan that was tailor made for this bout.
From the opening round Tomomi made the best use of her significant height and reach advantages, keeping Nongbua at range with her jab and straight right hand. With the jab and movement of Tomomi it was clear that Nongbua was going to struggle to land anything clean, and she really did struggle, in fact the one thing of note she landed was a headbutt which resulted in her losing a point.
In the final rounds both ladies looked exhausted though neither could make the other pay in what ended up being rather a sloppy fight.
Come the final bell there was no doubting the winner with Tomomi taking a shut out 80-71 decision on all 3 cards to claim the first title of her professional career.
*Note-Our Japanese sources list Nongbua as 11-13-1 (1), suggesting boxrec are missing 2 of her bouts
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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