It's often said that boxing is about levels. That was seen on Wednesday when Tomomi Takano (8-2, 5) found herself coming a long way short of world class, as she was battered by WBO female Super Flyweight queen Daniela Romina Bermudez (18-3-2, 6) in just 4 rounds.
The bout was Takano's first world title bout and her inexperience at this level as she was completely with out an answer to Bermudez.
In the opening round Takano looked uneasy despite having some success. Her success, from her straight punches, seemed to come as much from what she was doing as from what Bermudez was doing, with the challenger easing herself into the bout and trying to ease herself into the bout.
In round 2 Bermudez got out of neutral and it looked like that alone scared Takano who did well to hold her own at times, was made to look very uncomfortable by Bermudez who was finding her way inside all too easily.
In round 4 Bermudez stepped it up again and this time she landed a combination that ended only when Takano was dropped. The knockdown swiftly resulted in the towel being thrown in.
Following the loss Takano was said to be planning to rest and would then consider her future. From this performance however it could well be that her skills have reached their limit and her short reign as an OPBF title holder may well be the high point of her career.
For those wanting to watch the final moments of the fight, we've included the video below.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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.
This past week in Japan we saw two female bouts as Katsumata Promotions put on their excellent "Fil Japan Boxing Festival Vol. III".
The first first of those bouts saw Japanese based Filipino teenager Honey Mae Bermoy (5-2, 5), aka Honey Katsumata, stopping the previously unbeaten Japanese fighter Saki Yamada (6-1-1, 2). Yamada, who went in to the bout ranked highly by the OPBF, was unable to cope with the power of Honey.
In the second bout the highly popular Tomomi Takano (3-0, 2) recorded her second stoppage win over coming a Filipino debutant. Tomomi used her height and reach well to establish her jab and it didn't take long for the bout to become incredibly one sided. This was over quickly with the model-boxer again showing some natural talent and some actual promise.