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Saturday. October 16. 2021

Ex-women’s amateur star Hiruta wins her debut pro fight in ‘colorful way’

Former Japanese women’s amateur star Mizuki Hiruta of Misako Boxing Gym made a brilliant professional debut on Oct. 15 at Tokyo’s Korakuen Hall as she hammered out a lopsided decision over Nanae Yamaka of Nakano Saito Boxing Gym in a super flyweight six-rounder.

The 25-year-old Hiruta, who missed the recently ended Tokyo Olympics by dropping a close decision to Sena Irie in the final featherweight qualifying match, decked Yamaka with a southpaw right hook in the opening round and went on to win the bout in a battle of southpaws.

Irie, the featherweight gold medalist at the Olympics, was watching the bout from ringside.

Hiruta, a winner of the All-Japan championships at two different weight divisions, fought by wearing pink-colored hairstyle and boxing gear, said after the fight, ‘’I’m glad I could win. Miss Irie achieved a revolution in the women’s amateur boxing. I am determined to do the same in the professional boxing.’’

The colorful Hiruta left the ring after doing a back-flip. Her performance to pitch herself and her surefire boxing technique are expected to stir the otherwise subdued Japanese women’s boxing world now, according to experts.

It was the 30-year-old Yamaka’s first loss after winning four straight bouts, including two knockouts.

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