Earlier today fight fans in Sakai City saw a WBO Female Flyweight title bout. Sadly though for those fans they saw local fighter Nana Yoshikawa (7-2, 4) [好川 菜々] losing the title to Mexican challenger Monserrat Alarcon (9-3-2), in what was a decidely one sided fighter.
Alarcon, also known as "Raya", began the fight hot and quickly dropped Yoshikawa inside the opening round. Despite being the shorter and less proven fighter Alarcon managed to dictate the tempo and distance of the fight, getting inside easily and landing her power shots.
Yoshikawa managed to find her footing slowly but never looked comfortable and was dropped again in round 4 as Alarcon's supposed lack of power was too much. Again Yoshikawa found her to her feet but was unable to ever use her height or reach advantages to keep the distance she needed to get her work off.
In round 6 the up close work of Alarcon resulted in a headclash that left the Mexican with a cut over her left eye. The cut seemed to kick start Yoshikawa's fight back, but sadly caused the fight to be stopped after just seconds of round 7, with the doctor ruling the cut as a fight ender.
With the cut coming from a headclash we went to the scorecards, which wre unsurprisingly in favour of "Raya" with scoes of 70-62, 69-63 and 68-64.
Sadly for the once touted Yoshikawa this could be the end. She was dropped twice by a non puncher, out worked and really beaten up before the headclash and in her late 30's she may well just walk away from active competition. As for Alarcon it was a great way to announce herself on the world stage, doing so on foreign soil against a former amateur star.
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Over the weekend Japanese fans had the chance to see Nana Yoshikawa (7-1, 4) claim the WBO female Flyweight title, with a close and controversial victory over Korean Eun Hye Lee (8-1, 3), a former WBO female Light Flyweight champion.
The fight started well for the Korean who seemed to find a home for her left hook and had a solid start to the bout with neither woman really managing to take advantage of the other. After 4 rounds the judges was all over the place with the scores, with one having it 39-36 to Lee, one having the same score to Yoshikawa whilst the remaining judge had the bout even at 38-38.
In the middle rounds Yoshikawa became more aggressive and swept rounds 6 and 7, after losing the 5th. This left us going into the final 3 rounds nothing much separating the two fighters and it seemed that both knew it, as they both went all out for the win.
Thankfully for the local fans in Osaka they got the result they wanted with Yoshikawa doing just enough to claim the win, winning what turned out to be the all important final round.
With the win Yoshikawa becomes a world champion at the second time of trying, though it wouldn't be a shock to see her reign being a short one, with Lee likely to chase a rematch and Naoko Fujioka also thought to be continuing her chase for a Flyweight title.
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Earlier today Japanese fans in Osaka unfortunately saw Nana Yoshikawa (4-1, 2) suffer her first professional defeat as she came up short against world class Mexican warrior Anabel Ortiz (17-3, 3) in a bout for the WBA female Minimumweight title.
The 36 year old Yoshikawa knew she had to be fast tracked due to her advanced age though unfortunately she lacked the development and experience that she needed to be competitive with a world class Ortiz fighter like, who was simple too good for Yoshikawa.
The opening round was relatively even though Ortiz did land a nice right hand late that probably stole the round for her. From then on the bout wasn't ever close to being competitive with Ortiz being too aggressive, too good, too fast, too rugged and too experienced for the Japanese novice who forced on to the back foot round after round.
Time and time again Ortiz managed to land her stinging right hands and left hooks and repeatedly Yoshikawa was left unable to answer. Even when Ortiz tired in the later rounds Yoshikawa couldn't mount much of an assault with her shots missing whilst the Mexican managed to catch the challenger.
Yoshikawa did get some good luck late in the bout when Ortiz was deducted a point in round 9 for low blows but that was effectively the only thing that went her way in a bout that showed the gulf in class between the two fighters.
At the final bell there was no doubt about who the winner was, with the only questions being just how wide the judges had it. The closest was 96-93, whilst the others read 98-91 and 99-90. It's fair to say the 96-93 was the absolute closest that a judge could have scored it with 99-90 being the most accurate score.
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Unbeaten Korean fighter Jong-Sun Park (2-0, 1) managed to remain unbeaten as she took a unanimous decision over domestic rival Ji-Eun Yang (0-1) who was making her debut.
This was Park's second bout of the year after stopping Ji-Yun Ahn in March. It appears Yang may not be all that bad despite her loss here.
Over in Japan Nana Yoshikawa (1-0) took a dominant 6 round decision over Thai visitor Pantiwa Kaewmahosod (0-1). The bout was a clear win for the Japanese fighter who would have been very happy at her performance.