Earlier today we reported that WBA Atomweight champion Nao Ikeyama would be making the first the first defence of her title on September 20th. It appears that that won't be the only title bout on the show as it was also announced that Kumiko Seeser Ikehara (5-1-1, 3) would be battling against Filipino Gretchen Abaniel (15-5, 6) for the vacant WBO Minimumweight title, a title that was vacated earlier this year by Mako Yamada.
Former champion Yamada of course vacated the title when she retired, rather surprisingly, just a few short weeks ago.
Of the two fighters battling for the Minimumweight titles it seems likely that Abaniel would be the favourite given she is not only more experienced but also experienced at a higher level, including bouts with Cho-Rong Son, Samson Tor Buamas, Katia Gutierrez, Teeraporn Pannimit and Ayaka Miyao. Saying that however that once beaten Ikehara has beaten Saemi Hanagata.
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