Sometimes it's great to look back at the influential figures from the past and think about the major pioneers in the sport. For female boxing in Asia few are as important as Nojima "Sugar" Miyuki. She's not a fighter that many in the west will be aware of, though some may spot her name when looking at the record of the legendary Regina Halmich.
Miyuki is one of those fighters where boxrec really doesn't tell the full story of the fighter, and very few places really do her any kind of justice.
Having said that we won't be doing a full biography on Miyuki here, but we do have 5 midweek facts about Sugar Miyuki!
1-Although Miyuki's birth name was Nojima Miyuki, she was far better known in the sport by her in ring moniker of "Sugar Miyuki". That was a name inspired by Sugar Ray Leonard.
2-On July 26th 1997 Miyuki won the IWBF Minimumweight title, and she became the first Japanese female boxer to win any form of a world title title. Whilst the title is a lower profile one than the "Big 4" the title win is still a notable historical first first Japanese female boxing.
3-Interestingly her title win, whilst listed as happening by the Japan Boxing Association isn't listed on Boxrec (at the time of writing). In fact Boxrec lists Miyuki as having a 1-1 record but Japanese sources, who are usually reliable with Japanese records, report her to have gone 11-1 (4) in the professional ranks. It needs to be noted that all of her early career bouts came before the JBC recognised female boxing and some took place before the Japan Women's Boxing Association, better known was JWBC, was even founded.
4-in 2012 Miyuki took part in a trial match against Mayumi Kubo, losing 3-0 over the 3 round bout. That bout took place when she was in her 40's, and she explained she hadn't even been involved in an exhibition for more than 10 prior to that bout.
5--Before turning to professional boxing Miyuki had took part in other combat sports, including Shoot boxing, in which she fought as "Miyuki", and kick boxing, where she recorded a 5-5 record.
Thinking Out East
With this site being pretty successful so far we've decided to open up about our own views and start what could be considered effectively an editorial style opinion column dubbed "Thinking Out East" (T.O.E).