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Three world female title matches followed by a pair of World Boxing Organization’s Asia-Pacific female championship bouts will be held on Jan. 12 at Tokyo’s Korakuen Hall under the general heading Lemino BOXING PHOENIX BATTLE 109, organizers said on Nov. 29.
According to Ohashi Boxing Gym, the main event will be World Boxing Association and WBO atomweight champion Yuko Kuroki of Shinsei Boxing Gym’s title defense against Eri Matsuda of TEAM10COUNT Boxing Gym, ranked second by the WBA and WBO.
The 32-year-old Kuroki wrested the WBA title from Montserrat Alarcon of Mexico in this past August. It will be Kuroki’s first defense of the WBA title and her third of the WBO crown. Kuroki has a record of 22 wins, including nine knockouts, against seven losses and two draws. Matsuda, 29, has a 6-1-1 win-loss-draw tally with one KO.
Meanwhile, WBO super flyweight champion Mizuki Hiruta of Misako Boxing Gym will defend her title for the second time against Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation’s fourth-ranked minimumweight Park Ji Hyun of South Korea.
The 27-year-old Hiruta has five straight wins, including one KO, while the 38-year-old Park has a 26-3 win-loss record with eight KOs.
International Boxing Federation atomweight champion Mika Iwakawa of Himeji Kinoshita Boxing Gym will defend her title for the first time against top-ranked Sumire Yamanaka of Shinsei gym.
The 40-year-old Iwakawa has a record of 12 wins, four by KO, against six losses and a draw. For her part, Yamanaka, 22, has seven straight wins, three by KO.
WBO’s Asia-Pacific minimumweight champion Riyuna Yoshikawa of Diamante Boxing Gym will defend her title for the second time against Mayumi Saito of Saito Boxing Gym. Former OPBF super flyweight champion Terumi Nuki of Shinsei gym will face India’s Monika Singh for the vacant WBO Asia-Pacific bantamweight title.
These fights will be shown live by Lemino BOXING.