By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat
Fast-moving Mexican, WBC female 105-pound champ Anabel Ortiz (12-1, 4 KOs), 105, kept her belt as she impressively displayed her excellence in shifty footwork, accurate counterpunching and fine strategy to pound out a nearly shutout decision (99-91 and 98-92 twice) over WBC#2 OPBF ruler Nanako Kikuchi (12-4-1, 5 KOs), 105, over ten quick rounds on Monday in Tokyo, Japan.
The shorter champ Ortiz, nine years her junior at 24, utilized her speed on hand and foot, coped with the onrushing Japanese veteran and countered her well with solid right crosses and left hooks. The Mexican made good use of jabs and left hooks to prevent Kikuchi from coming close to her, piling up points almost in every round. Kikuchi kept stalking the elusive champ but failed to catch the incessantly moving target only to absorb numerous counters from the skillful and fast champ. The open scoring system, after the seventh, showed Ortiz’s wide lead on points: all 69-64. Kikuchi had to knock out Ortiz in order to win, but it looked too difficult for her to connect with a coup-de-grace to the much more intelligent boxeadora. Ortiz swept the last three with ease. The Japanese crowd was so much impressed with her speed and skills that people simply praised her technical excellence.
WBC#2 super-fly, hard-punching Naoko Yamaguchi (16-2-3, 14 KOs), 115, proved she could punch with either hand as she easily retained her OPBF 115-pound belt by demolishing Thailander Petchsairung Looksaikongdin (1-8, no KO), 105, at 1:10 of the third session in a scheduled ten. Yamaguchi, 32, may be the pound-for-pound hardest punching girl now in Japan. She showed her asset by decking the Thailander three times in the fatal stanza.
Promoter: Shirai Gushiken Promotions.