KOSEKI KEEPS WBC 102LB BELT FOR 12TH TIME; SHIBATA WINS IBF 108LB TITLE


November 13, 2013

TOKYO, JAPAN

This reporter is tired with many world title bouts this week in Japan?four title goes in five days since last Sunday. Should you be a fight scribe here in Japan where there are nearly three hundred shows a year (five promotions a week on an average), you would need physical power, mental power, perseverance and diligence to cover numerous events, many press conferences, public workouts, weigh-ins, etc.

Today we saw another new world champ, if female, totaling sixteen world champions?eleven male and five female ones. Japanfs Naoko Shibata (11-3, 3 KOs), 107.5, acquired the vacant IBF female light-flyweight (108-pound) belt as she defeated previously unbeaten Mexican Alondra Garcia (11-1, only one KO), 107.75, in a ten-round elimination bout on Thursday in Tokyo, Japan.


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