After a day break from notable action top quality fights return to Japan thanks to Ohashi Gym who have their "47th Phoenix Battle" show.
The show, a five fight card from the Korakuen Hall, doesn't sound great when you hear it's only got five contests on it and four of those are female contests though in reality the show is one of those rare, but excellent female dominated shows that Japa seem to have every so often.
We believe the opening contest of the show will see Emika Himuro (3-1, 1) fighting against the returning Kai Johnson (3-5-2). Johnson, who has been out of action for more than a year, is winless in four contests though she is easily the toughest test of Himuro's career.
In the second bout of the show we think that former world champion Tenkai Tsunami (18-8, 7) will be fighting Filipino teenager Leslie Domingo (4-1-1, 3). Although Tsunami is by far the more experienced fighter in terms of both fights and quality of opponents it does need to be said that she has lost her last five bouts and struggled to win more than a few rounds between them. Domingo will be the under-dog but Tsunami's confidence could well bea mess.
The shows third bout, and in fact the only male contest, will see Junpei Hara (12-5-2, 8) fighting. We believe Hara will be facing Nozomu Kikuchi (6-4) who should be little more than a stay busy level opponent for someone like Hara who is highly ranked by the OPBF.
Following the three undercard bouts we then come on to the co-feature, the first of two world title fights. This contest will see former world title challenger Kayoko Ebata (7-4, 4) attempting to claim the IBF Minimumweight title as she takes on Mexican visitor Nancy Franco (11-5-2, 4). For Ebata this will be her third world title contest having come up short in previous bouts with Samson Tor Buamas and Tenkai Tsunami whilst Franco will be fighting in her first world title bout despite having faced several world level opponents in her career so far.
The second world title fight, and the shows main event, will see WBA Atomweight champion Ayaka Miyao (15-5-1, 1) defending her title for the third time. Miyao will be fighting Filipino visitor Gretchen Abaniel (13-4, 4). Although a former WIBA champion Abaniel has gone 0-3 in "proper" world title fights and will be hoping that she can finally claim a victory in a big one, though she'll go in as the under-dog against the talented Miyao who we hope will be fighting Momo Koseki next if she retains here.
The next 2 weeks are extremely busy in Japanese boxing. They kick off with a Shirai-Gushiken Sports (SGS) card held at the legendary Korakuen Hall.
The card, which we suspect will have 6 bouts, will be headlined by female action as Naoko Yamaguchi (21-3-3, 17) competes against late replacement opponent Chuthaporn Pradissan (5-14).
Originally Yamaguchi was scheduled to defend her WBA female Super Flyweight title against interim champion Daniela Romina Bermudez (14-2-2, 4) in what looked to be a genuinely amazing match up. Sadly with Bermudez pulling out we've been left with a much less significant match up.
The chief support on the card is also a female bout as former world title challenger Kayoko Ebata (6-4, 4) looks to claim the vacant OPBF Flyweight title. Ebata will face South Korean Cho-Rong Son (11-3, 3), a former female WBA Minimumweight champion, in a bout that we need to say is a tough one for Ebata.
Staying on the theme of female action the show is also expected to feature the retirement ceremony of Noriko Tsunoda. Tsunoda is a former OPBF Super Flyweight champion though having lost her title last time out to Tomoko Kawanishi she has called it a day aged 42.
As well as the female action on the card we expect to see 4 others bouts on the card including 3 "Rookie of the Year" qualifying bouts. Sadly we're not certain on the full bout list though we believe that Yuki Miyoshi (2-0, 0) and Little Tyson Tanaka (3-0, 2) will both be featured in those bouts.
We also think that there will be action involving Hokuto Kawana, though we've no other information here.
If you want to see the promotional poster for this show we have it in our new "Posters!" section.