Earlier today WBC female Minimumweight champion Yuko Kuroki (17-4-1, 8) [黒木 優子] took ime out of her scheduled to visitor a Japanese news paper office. The meeting saw the popular, and very attractive, fighter spend time talking about her future goals in the sport and talking a little bit more about life away from the ring.
For us the key things to take away were Kuroki's long term aims and the details of her next bout.
It seems that Kuroki is planning to make the next defense of her WBC title in August or September, ending an overly long break from the ring. The bout will be her 6th defense of the title and see her fighting for the first time since December 2016, when she beat former champion Mari Ando (13-10, 6) [安藤 麻里]. Sadly the inactivity is frustrating for fans of Kuroki who fought twice last year and 3 times in both 2015, 2014 and 2013, but it's clear that she has time on her sideand isn't wasting time with long training camps to just get in to shape.
Longer term Kuroki admitted that her bigger aim was to unify titles, adding to her WBC belt. With her current inactivity that's going to be hard, but there is competition out there with fighters like IBF champion Cai Zong Ju (9-1, 1) [蔡宗菊] being based in Asia, as will be the winner of the upcoming WBO title fight between Kayoko Ebata (10-7, 6) [江畑 佳代子] and Erika Hanawa (7-0, 2) [塙 英理加].
Aged 26 Kuroki still has years left in the sport, but we have to hope she is kept active or else her career could end up being a frustrating and disappointing one, despite the fact she has already had a 3 year reign as a world champion.
(Image courtesy of Hochi.co.jp)
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