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Koseki retains WBC female 102lb belt; Tada keeps WBA female 105lb belt; Zamora wins WBC female 108lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten Japanese southpaw, WBC atomweight champ Momo Koseki (12-0-1, 3 KOs), 101.5, kept her belt for the tenth time as she battered durable Mexican Maria Jimenez (9-4, no KO), 100.5, all the way en route to a shutout decision (all 100-90) on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. It was the main event of the female world title tripleheader where Koseki displayed her speed and skills.

Unbeaten Japanese southpaw Etsuko Tada (12-0-2, 2 KOs), 105, retained her WBA 105-pound belt as she pounded out a nearly lopsided decision (99-91 and 98-92 twice) over compatriot Yuko Kuroki (9-3, 5 KOs), 104.5, over ten furious rounds. This was the second of the female world title tripleheader here. Tada, making her ninth defense, scored well with left crosses against the southpaw challenger time and again to show her superior strength and skills.

Non-stop punching Mexican girl Ibeth Zamora (17-5, 7 KOs), 106.75, impressively acquired the vacant WBC 108-pound belt as she threw plenty of combinations to OPBF ruler Naoko Shibata (9-3, 3 KOs), 106.75, and won a split but well-received decision (96-94 twice and 94-96) over ten hot frames in the first of a female world title tripleheader on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. The title had been renounced by ex-titlist Esmeralda Moreno because of her pregnancy.

(More to come)

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