THREE JAPANESE GIRLS KEEP WORLD BELTS


March 3, 2014

TOKYO, JAPAN

A female tripleheader with world belts on the line took place on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. WBC atomweight champ Momo Koseki (15-0-1, 5 KOs), 101.75, registered her thirteenth defense as she finely stopped #10 Angor Onesongchaigym (5-1, 3 KOs), 102, at 1:43 of the ninth round in a scheduled ten. Koseki, a busy-punching southpaw, overwhelmed the less experienced Thailander from the outset and accelerated her attack to prompt the refereefs intervention. Koseki tied the Japanese record of former WBA junior flyweight champ Yoko Gushikenfs thirteen defenses, though she politely said, gThe value of record is different from Mr. Gushikenfs great mark.h Gushiken, before the bout, kindly called Koseki to encourage her with warm words, which greatly motivated the 31-year-old gal champ.

WBA light-minimumweight titlist Ayaka Miyao (13-1, 2 KOs), 102, also kept her belt when she displayed her sharpness and strength against a cute and lanky Thalander Buangern Onesongchaigym (10-5-1, 1 KO), 102, to finish her for the count at 1:30 of the fifth session. Having defeated official challenger Getchen Abaniel in her previous defense, Miyao, making her fourth defense, proved she gained more power than previously and battered the game challenger from all angles to effectively hurt her. But the good loser Buangern, still 21, looked promising despite her well-praised defeat.

Newly crowned IBF light-fly champ Naoko Shibata (12-3, 3 KOs), 108, swept almost all rounds en route to a unanimous nod (99-91, 98-92, 98-93) over Mexican Guadalupe Martinez (6-6, 3 KOs), 106.25, to retain her throne over ten. Shibata had seized the vacant IBF belt in her previous bout, and made a successful initial defense by utilizing her sharp jabs and good footwork against the slower Mexican girl.

The female boxing is still less popular among fight fans, and it is financially hard to promote a single world title bout. So, the Japan Professional Boxing Association (JPBA, the union of club owners) itself served as a promoter to stage such a female tripleheader by distributing tickets altogether. It is a current inclination that adherents of some boxer leave the arena after her fight without watching other bouts. In this event of three female title bouts the crowd became less and less as the show progressed.

(3-3-2014)


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