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Minowa stops Okuda in 1st, wins vacant WBO’s Asia-Pacific female super flyweight title

Jun 15, 2024 18:50 pm

  Chaoz Minowa of Watanabe Boxing Gym stopped former world champion Tomoko Okuda of Sakai Haruki Boxing Gym in the first round to capture the vacant World Boxing Organization’s Asia-Pacific female super flyweight title on June 14 in Tokyo.

Minowa attains opening-round TKO win

  The technical knockout of the scheduled eight-rounder at Korakuen Hall came 1 minute and 43 seconds into the round when Minowa landed a hard right to the head, sending Okuda, a former WBO world super flyweight champion, to the canvas. The referee immediately stepped in to end the fight.

  With the victory, the 36-year-old Minowa improved her record to nine wins, including four KOs, against four losses. For her part, the 41-year-old Okuda impaired to an 8-6-2 win-loss-draw tally with two KOs.

Highly touted Wada overwhelms Thai

  Meanwhile, Madoka Wada of TEAM10COUNT Boxing Gym, a former two-time bronze medalist in the women’s world amateur boxing championships, demolished Juthathip Sitthichen of Thailand in the second round and won the vacant Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation’s female minimumweight crown.

  The TKO of the scheduled eight-rounder came 1 minute and 19 seconds into the second round as the referee waved off the fight shortly after the 22-year-old Wada dropped the Thai for the second time in the round. The left-handed Wada also scored a knockdown in the first round.

  It was Wada’s second straight victory, both by KO, after turning pro in April. Juthathip fell to a 6-2 win-loss tally with four KOs.

Ugawa (R) earns WBO’s Asia-Pacific title after hard-fought battle

  Nao Ugawa of Misako Boxing Gym eked out an eight-round split decision over Riho Yoshida of Rise Fit Gym to win the vacant WBO’s Asia-Pacific female atomweight title. Ugawa has five straight wins since turning pro in April 2022, while Yoshida dropped to a 4-1-1 win-loss-draw tally.

Yanai (L) retains Japanese title by whisker

  Champion Hinami Yanai of Shinsei Boxing Gym and challenger Nodoka Furukawa of Kitajima Boxing Gym fought to a six-round majority draw in the Japanese female bantamweight title fight. Yanai now has a 3-2-1 win-loss-draw record with one KO, while Furukawa has four wins and a draw

Yamaka (R) manages to retain Japanese title

  In the Japanese female flyweight title bout, Nanae Yamaka of EBISU K’s BOX Gym hammered out a six-round majority decision over Yuki Fuke of Misako gym to retain her title for the first time. With the win, Yamaka upped her record to seven wins, including a KO, against a loss, whereas Fuke fell to a 4-1 win-loss tally with two KOs.

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