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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