One of the interesting things to emerge in the last few years is the growing interest in female boxing. Whilst some boxing fans are still not sold on the idea of female boxing, the Japanese crowd have been getting some female only shows the last few years and there is certainly a notable market for female boxing in Japan. In the west the likes of Katie Taylor, Claressa Shields, Cecilia Braekhus and Mariana Juarez have all got notable followings, but the sport in general still gets derision.
What is great about the current generation of female boxing is that they are paving the path for the next set of female fighters. Today we're going to look at one of those looking to emerge through the ranks in the coming years. Sayo Segawa (0-0).
The 22 year old Segawa is one of the many talented youngsters at the Watanabe gym and has turned professional after more than 40 amateur bouts, with over 30 wins. During her amateur time she won the Japanese Women National Championships in 2015, reached the final of another tournament that same year and made it to the semi-final of last year's Japanese Women National Championships.
Fighting in the surprisingly deep Atomweight division Segawa will in there with a lot of tough regional fighters in the years to come. From the footage of her as an amateur however her style should translate to professional success She's very, very quick, with good balance and footwork, likely from her enjoyment of ballet. There is a feeling that she lacks power and physicality, though we've seen Eri Matsuda rise through the ranks at the same weight based on her footwork and technical skills so this shouldn't be a huge issue for Segawa.
Fromthe footage that is out there of her the one area she needs work on is her defense, and she did get stopped last year in a Japanese amateur tournament, but sparring at the Watanabe gym should help her tighten that up, and quickly. If she can work on that the she should really shine in the professional ranks, given the skills has already got in her arsenal.
On October 30th Segawa makes her professional debut, taking on Thai visitor Watcharin Khodam (1-2, 1) at the legendary Korakuen Hall. Segawa will be strongly favoured over the Thai, who fights in Japan for the second time in her career following a TKO loss last year to Rena Takahashi. The Thai comes in with back to back losses but the bout is less about the visitor, and more about Segawa, who begins her career in a 6 rounder and is expected to be moved fast.
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