By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten WBC female 105-pound champ Naoko Fujioka (8-0, 5 KOs) 107.75, engaged in a non-title bout, where she displayed his power punching in earning a unanimous decision (80-72, 80-73 and 79-74) over Mexican Mayela Perez (10-15-3, 7 KOs), 106.5, over eight hard-fought rounds on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. Despite the lopsided tallies they put on a see-saw affair with Fujioka having the upper hand against the very game opponent. The champ occasionally scored with vicious left hooks to the cheek of Perez, who, however, didn’t care about her absorption but furiously fought back with a two-fisted attack. It was rare that a female contest had the crowd into frenzy, but their hot rallies fully pleased the spectators, who praised both boxeadoras. Fujioka will make a mandatory defense against the leading available contender to be designated by the WBC in Miyagi, her native place that had suffered an terrible earthquake disaster last year, in this coming October.
OPBF female lightweight champ, WBC/WBA#6 Raika Fujin, 132.5, also exchanged solid shots with skillful WBC#17 Mexican Cynthia Munoz, 130.75, winning a unanimous verdict (60-55 twice and 60-54) over six heats. Cynthia kept throwing sharp jabs and left-right combinations to the onrushing Japanese, who welcomed mixing it up to overwhelm the Mexican with solid shots in the close quarter. It was also a very good fight with the crowd clapping hands after their furious exchanges of punches.
Promoter: Noguchi Promotions.