Tenkai Tsunami of Yamaki Gym pounded out a lopsided 10-round decision over challenger Shione Ogata of Neyagawa Ishida Boxing Club to retain her World Boxing Organization world female light flyweight title on Apr. 4 in Osaka.
It was the 36-year-old Tsunami’s third successful defense of the title she won by beating Chaoz Minowa of Watanabe Boxing Gym to win the vacant title in March 2018.
While both fighters started out cautiously at Sakai City Industrial Promotion Center, Tsunami connected with well-timed left hooks to the head late in the second round, sending her opponent to the canvas for a mandatory eight count.
Ttsunami controlled the fight since then except in the eighth round when Ogata delivered a one-two punch to the head, momentarily shaking Tsunami. But she quickly recovered and ended the fight on top.
With the victory, Tsunami improved her record to 18 wins, including 12 KOs, against nine defeats and a draw, while the 32-year-old Ogata, the International Boxing Federation’s second-ranked light flyweight, saw her record drop to 11 wins, including three KOs, against seven losses and a draw.