The most notable card held in the boxing world today was in Japan courtesy of Ohashi who gave us a thrilling 5 bout show in the Korakuen Hall.
The main event saw WBA female Atomweight champion Ayaka Miyao (15-5-1, 1) make the second defense of her world title by over-coming Mari Ando (10-5, 5) in a grudge match. The two women, meeting in the ring for the second time, were fighting over the belt that Miyao had taken from Ando last year via a decision and unfortunately for Ando she came up short again to the talented Miyao.
The Miyao/Ando bout was one of two female bouts on the card with the other seeing Saemi Hanagata (8-4-1, 3) claim a decision over Yuko Kuroki (9-4, 5). This battle between former world title challengers was hard fought despite Hanagata claiming a unanimous decision. It'd not be a shock to see either of these two competing in another world title bout down the line.
Also in action was the hotly tipped teenager, Ryo Matsumoto (8-0, 7) who was taken the distance for the first time in his career. Facing off against the tough and experienced Takuya Miyamori (15-5-1, 2), Matsumoto was taken 8 rounds in a very good match up that taught us a lot about the development of Ohashi's talented Super Flyweight prospect. He's still a long way from challenging for a world title but should be moved into a Japanese title fight in the next 12 months or so.
The other 2 bouts on the show saw early victories with Daisuke Furuhashi (14-5, 5) stopping former Japanese Featherweight title contender Toru Suzuki (23-4, 7) in the 7th round and Junpei Hara (12-5-2, 8) stopping Desson Cag-ong (13-9, 7) in the second round.
For Suzuki this loss could spell the end with it behing his 3rd stoppage loss in 4 bouts. For Cag-ong he may well be asked to be matched a bit softer having also been stopped 3 times in recent bouts.
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