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Yamaguchi to defend WBA 115lb belt against Rodriquez

By Joe Koizumi

We use Chinese letters instead of alphabet in Japan. Putting a letter meaning a woman three times, it signifies noisy. If no less than four female boxers fight in a doubleheader, that might be more than noisy, that is, extravagant. Japanese promoter and ex-WBA junior flyweight champ who kept his belt thirteen times, Yoko Gushiken today announced the initial defense of his pupil and WBA female super-flyweight champ Naoko Yamaguchi (19-3-3, 16 KOs) since she celebrated her coronation by dethroning compatriot Tsunami Tenkai this July. Yamaguchi, a 34-year-old ex-javelin thrower, will put her belt on the line against a tough Mexican Judith Rodriguez (6-3, 4 KOs) at the Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, on November 12. On the same bill, unbeaten female dynamite Noriko Tsunoda (2-0, 2 KOs), formerly a highly regarded kick-boxer, will cope with compatriot Mari Inamoto (4-5) for the vacant OPBF 115-pound belt (renounced by former titlist Yamaguchi).

The 57-year-old Gushiken, a well-known television talent as well as an impresario, said, “The female boxing is not yet so popular here, but such a hard-punching world champ as Yamaguchi may be able to enlighten our fight fans to open their eyes to this field. We hope Yamaguchi’s successful and impressive defense for that purpose.” Yamaguchi wishes to dedicate a victory to his mentor Gushiken. The four girls will fight while many female spectators loudly hail their busy-punching favorites. It will be an extravagant night.

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