On 13 November, in Tokyo, Japan, Naoko Fujioka, 114 ¼, Tokyo, relinquished her WBC minimumweight title and moved up in weight to challenge fellow top-shelf Tokyo female battler and WBA super-flyweight champion, Naoko Yamaguchi, 115, in front of a capacity crowd at the Korakuen Hall. Yamaguchi was embarking on her third defense of the WBA super-flyweight title that she won in July, 2012 with a decision victory over long-time champion, Tenkai Tsunami.
What was considered a fight-of-the-year candidate turned into a one-sided whopping as the versatility and boxing ability of Fujioka prevailed over the raw punching power of the now former champion.
Until scoring a knockdown in the third round, Fujioka boxed cautiously, wary of the punching power of her Japanese compatriot. Owning superior conditioning and unparalleled late-round punching power, Fujioka dominated the remainder of the contest visibly affecting her opponent with power shots down the stretch of the fight falling just short of a stoppage victory.
With the unanimous decision victory (97-92/97-92/98-91) Fujioka moves to (11-0, 6 KOs) winning a legitimate world title in her second weight class. Relatively unknown by those other than hardcore followers of women’s boxing; Fujioka is now in the discussion as a pound-for-pound elite fighter. Yamaguchi drops to (22-4-3, 18 KOs) and remains a legitimate threat at super-flyweight.