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Friday. December 3. 2021

Minowa stops Ikemoto, becomes OPBF women’s flyweight champion for 1st time in 5 yrs

Former Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation women’s flyweight champion Chaoz Minowa of Watanabe Boxing Gym stopped top-ranked Yumemi Ikemoto of Ryukyu Boxing Gym in the second round of the scheduled eight-rounder and became the champion on Dec. 2 in Tokyo.

With the victory at Korakuen Hall, the 34-year-old Minowa recovered the title for the first time in five years. The fight was held as one of the supporting cards for the day’s lightweight nontitle bout between Hironori Mishiro of Watanabe gym and Kazuhiro Nishitani of VADY Boxing Gym.

Fighting against her southpaw opponent, Minowa pressed forward from the opening bell and sent her opponent to the canvas in the second round with a counter left to the head.

While the 25-year-old Ikemoto beat the count and began to rally, Minowa uncorked a strong right, severely staggering her much younger opponent. Shortly after, the referee stepped in to call off the fight. The technical knockout came 1 minute and 16 seconds into the round. It was Ikemoto’s first bout in nearly three years.

With the victory, Minowa improved her record to seven wins, including five KOs, against three defeats. For her part, Ikemoto impaired to a 7-2 win-loss tally.

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