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.
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