Just a few weeks back Naoko Fujioka vacated the WBC Minimumweight to challenge for, and win, the WBC Super Flyweight title. The title that Fujioka vacated is now back up for grabs as Japan's Mari Ando (10-6, 5) fights Mexico's Jasseth Noriega (16-2-1, 5).
On paper this is a bout that you'd automatically favour Noriega from looking at the fighters records. Records however don't decide fights, the fighters behind those records do and that's why this bout is intriguing.
Aged 26 Ando is a fighter who has been in and around world class for over 2 years. She successfully claimed the WBA Atomweight title back in September 2011 with a victory over Amara Kokietgym and defended it once before being neaten by Ayaka Miyao.
Since losing her world title Ando has been hovering in and around world title fights. Unfortunately however she has gone 0-2 in subsequent title fights losing a rematch to Miyao and being out pointed by WBO Minimumweight champion Su-Yun Hong. Despite those two losses she has shown her toughness and desire to win refusing to give in.
Whilst Ando has lost 3 of her last 4 they have come, as mentioned, against world class fighters in Hong and Miyao. On the flipside of that it's worth noting that Noriega has also lost her last 2 bouts.
The Mexican, 23, started her career with 13 straight wins and went 17 fights unbeaten before suffering back to back upsets this year to Anahi Torres and Jessica Nery Plata. Whilst there there is no shame in losing to Plata, who is a very talented fighter, there are doubts over just how good Noriega actually is having beaten no one of note.
Not only has Noriega beaten no one of note but she has also never fought outside of Mexico. We're expecting the crowd in Japan to get to Noriega and Ando's pressure, power and work rate to slowly beaten down Noriega who we imagine will be stopped in the second half of the fight.
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