This past Wednesday saw two female world title bouts in Japan. One of those saw the popular Tomomi Takano being stopped in 4 rounds by Daniela Romina Bermudez at 115lbs, the other was an all Japanese title fight, between WBO female Minimumweight champion Kumiko Seeser Ikehara (8-1-2, 3) and Momoko Kanda (9-8-2, 3). Unlikle the Super Flyweight bout, this one, went the distance featured some competitive action, though did end up with a clear winner.
To begin with it was the champion who took control however Kanda managed to mount a spirited fight back and seemed to show her best in rounds 3, 7 and 10 as she managed to make Ikehara answer a number of questions.
Unfortunately for Kanda's effort she never quite found the consistency that she needed to really push Ikehara who was well worth the unanimous decision, with scores of 97-93, twice, and 98-92.
For Kanda this was a loss in her first world title bout whilst Ikehara now has 3 defenses of her title and is likely hoping to secure a bigger profile bout next time out.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)