Although not a big name, even in terms of female boxing, Amara Kokietgym (13-3-1, 5), pictured, is a fighter worth putting on your radar. The 24 year old, who debuted way back in 2009 as a teenager, is a proven quality on the Asian front with a OPBF title reign behind her and 2 world title fights.
Despite losing both of those world title bouts Amara is one of the Thai's who does have an excellent chance of finally making the leap from contender to champion.
This past Friday saw Amara scoring her 6th straight win as she over came the debuting Nampetch Kwanjaisrikod (0-1) in an non-televised 6 rounder.
The bout, on paper a step backwards for Amara from her peak, was Amara's first in11 months and although she'll be disappointed not to have scored a stoppage she'll likely be happy to just get back to action. Not only has she wasted the last 11 months of her career but after a busy 2012, with 4 bouts, it really could be a case of getting back into the swing of things are getting some much needed victories under her belt.
If Amara loses another year of her career through inactivity it would be a real shame. She has talent, she's tough and has taken both Etsuko Tada and Mari Ando the distance in world title fights. Lets see her earning another title fight this year as she makes for fun to watch bouts.
Today saw the return to the ring for Thai youngster Hongfah Tor Buamas (17-5, 2) who ended more than 18 months of inactivity as she over-came novice opponent An-An Chor Vachira (0-2) with a 6 round decision.
Whilst Hongfah is just 20 years old she is a bonafide veteran of the ring with 22 fights and a career that dates back to 2007, when she was just 14 years old. That experience served her well here over an opponent who brought just a few rounds of professional experience with her and had little answer to some of the things Hongfah had.
Although Hongfah had been inactive in the boxing ring the 20 year old, who once challenged American Ava Knight for an IBF title, looked like she had plenty of potential to move on to the next level, though whether or not she can build on that potential is a something only she can answer with solid results and good performances and hopefully fewer breaks from the ring.
Whilst boxing fans around the world turned their attention to Japan for the 3 world title fights on new year's eve there was also an interest for fans of female fighting with 2 interesting female contests.
In Tokyo we had the more notable bout with model-turned-boxer Tomomi Takano (4-0, 3), pictured, taking a stoppage victory over fellow Japanese fighter Kumi Oishi (1-3, 1). Takano, who stole the headlines at the weigh-in in Tokyo by dressing in a wedding dress, used her height and reach well to defeat the much shorter Oishi.
Over in Osaka fans had their own female fight to watch as the light hitting Kei Takenaka (6-0, 2) scored a rare stoppage defeating Thailand's Yinglek Sithsaithong (6-3, 4) via a second round KO. Whilst this was Takenaka's first stoppage for a year, her last coming exactly a prior, it was the third straight stoppage defeat for Yinglek.
Interestingly for Takenaka this was the first time she had faced an opponent with a win, never mind a winning record, and as a result it could well be the fact she knows she can step if needed. She has rarely lost a round in her 6 bouts to date and there is no doubt she'll have interest in title fights sometime in 2015 if not 2014.