On April 29 at the Sangyo Shinko Center in Sakai, Osaka, Japan, Anabel Ortiz, 104, defended her WBA World female minimumweight title successfully for the third time with a ten-round unanimous decision victory (100-90, 99-91, 97-93) over 36-year-old Nana Yoshikawa, 104 ¾ who challenged for the world title in her hometown. Yoshikawa was ranked #9 by the WBA.
Ortiz, a two-time minimumweight champion, will turn 29 in July is in the prime of her career and with the points win, witnessed her record improve to (17-3, 3 KOs). Ortiz held the WBC World female minimumweight title from October 2009 until she dropped the belt to Japanese power puncher, Naoko Fujioka in May 2011. Ortiz fights out of Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico and holds victories over Etsuko Tada, Susana Cruz-Perez, and Carina Moreno.
Yoshikawa, who turned professional in 2013, with the loss drops to (4-1, 2 KOs). She won the regional OPBF female light-flyweight title in March 2014 with a first-round technical knockout of Krikanok Islandmuaythai (4-4-1) who is a trial horse type of a fighter.
The #1 ranked challenger to Ortiz is Etsuko Tada (14-2-2, 4 KOs) of Japan. Ortiz holds two closely contested victories (SD-10, SD-10) over Tada; both fights involved the WBA World female minimumweight title.
Mark A. Jones