October 25, 2014
WBA female light-minimumweight (102-pound) champ, Ayaka Miyao (19-5-1, 4 KOs), 102, successfully decked her homecoming and kept her belt for the fifth time when she made good use of her fast footwork and quick combinations and finally finished a game challenger Satomi Nishimura (7-2, 1 KO), 101.75, at 1:58 of the tenth and final session on Saturday in Chikuma city, Japan. The champfs KO victory with only two seconds remaining (in the ten two-minutes rounder) was reminiscent of the Julio Cesar Chavez-Meldric Taylor affair in 1990.
The taller Nishimura, a Japanese version of a Christy Martin with her husband as manager/trainer, dominated the opening session with good countering left hooks to the still nervous champ who was eager to show a good performance before her hometown crowd. Miyao, a cute-looking footworker, shifted the gear to the second level from the second round on, and swept almost all rounds thereafter, piling up points with her fine display of speed and power. Nishimura, a good left hooker, occasionally caught the elusive champ with left hooks, but Miyao was eventually a victor in every session from the second session.
The final stanza witnessed the determined champ go for a kill and connected with a solid right-left combo, dropping the challenger with a thud. The referee Biney Martin then mercilessly counted her out in the very closing seconds of the hard-fought contest. It was a hard-fought bout though Miyao had been apparently winning on points: Asao and Yoshida both 88-84 and Sugiyama 88-83, all in favor of the defending titlist.
Promoter: Ohashi Promotions.
Supervisor: Yangsup Shim (Korea).
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