The 24 year old Marina Isami (2-1) will be thanking her lucky stars tonight after taking a very hard fought majority decision over Kumi Oishi (1-2, 1) in what turned out to be by far the longest bout of Oishi's career so far.
Having never gotten out of the opening round in her 2 previous bouts Oishi not only saw out the bell but probably deserved a draw from this very hard bout that would not see many complaints if a rematch was made.
Japanese born Aniya Seki (23-2-2, 1), a former WIBF and GBU title holder at Super Bantamweight successfully retained her WBC "Silver" title at 115lbs earlier today, despite being given a real scare by Liliana Martinez (11-13, 6).
Although Seki is Japanese she's one of the least famous Japanese fighters having based her entire career in her adopted Switzerland, where she was again action.
Weighing in at just over the Flyweight limit it would seem likely that Seki now needs t make the move, permanently to 112lbs as she starts another charge towards a world title. Giving away 2 or 3 lbs might not sound like a lot but at this level it is a lot and there's really no need to be giving away weight to anyone when you're on the verge of a world title bout.
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The recent career of Lebanese born fighter Rola El Halabi (13-1, 7) has been genuinely remarkable. She has gone from being a gunshot victim to a world champion, and this past weekend she made the first defense of her world title as she stopped Georgian Sopo Putkaradze (6-1-2, 1) in the sixth round.
The bout, coming just a month after El Halabi had won WBF Light Welterweight title title, was a mismatch from the off and it showed. El Halabi took the initiative from the opening bell and by the end of the opening round it looked like she was super-woman compared to her out classed foe.
Although Putkaradze did well to see off the first 5 rounds she wasn't fortunate to see out the sixth with the referee forced to call a halt to proceedings with the Georgian being stopped on her feet.
It's hard to defend mismatches like this, though we do feel that if anyone deserves an easy one it's El Halabi, a fighter who has had bigger fights out of the ring in recent years than she should ever have had.
In a low profile show in Korea the IFBA Super Flyweight champion Hee-Jung Yuh (8-2, 2) made the first defense of her title.
The 33 year old Korean, who won her title December, was fighting for the first time this year and managed to look as good as ever as she stopped Thai challenger Kledpetch Lookmuangkan (5-2, 1) in the 8th round. Whilst it was Yuh's first fight this year it was Lookmuangkan's second successive loss of the year.
On the same Korean card the unbeaten Eun-Hye Lee (4-0, 1) out pointed Dorkmaipah Kiatpompetch (0-1) over the 6 round distance.