By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat
Unbeaten prospect Naoko Fujioka (6-0, 4 KOs), 105, impressively captured the WBC female mini-flyweight belt as she had defending champ Anabel Ortiz (13-2, 5 KOs), 105, on the deck twice in the fifth and eighth and finally stopped the Mexican at 3:00 of the eighth round in a scheduled ten two-minute rounds on Sunday afternoon in Tokyo, Japan. Fujioka, already 35, turned professional late as she had concentrated on her career in the amateur fly and bantam championships. After the seventh, Fujioka was leading on points due to the open scoring system: all 68-64. The female referee was Kyoung-Ha Shin (Korea).
WBC light-fly champ Naomi Togashi (9-0-1, 5 KOs), 108, proved too busy and pugnacious, stopping Filipino Jujeath Nagawoa (9-10-1, 5 KOs), 106.75, at 1:32 of the fifth session. Togashi, a maternity nurse, thus kept her belt on six occasions to her credit. The referee was Katsuhiko Nakamura (Japan).
WBC atomweight ruler Momo Koseki (11-2-1, 3 KOs), 101.75, a game Japanese southpaw making her sixth defense, successfully retained her throne by chalking up a TKO win over Krikanok Islandmuaythai (6-1-1, 4 KOs), 100.75, at 1:15 of the fifth stanza. Koseki overwhelmed the Thailander with busy combinations from the outset. Gerasio Perez, Mexico, served as the third man.
Naoko Shibata acquired the vacant OPBF light-fly belt by a unanimous technical decision (89-83, 87-85 and 88-84) over compatriot Kayoko Ebata at 1:00 of the ninth round.
Promoter: WBCares and Gen International.
WBC supervisor: Ed Pearson (Canada).