South Korean Southpaw Su-Yun Hong, 108, won the vacant WBO World female light-flyweight title with a ten-round, split-decision over hometown favorite Tamao Ozawa, 108. Hong started fast winning the first four rounds with straight punches and enough lateral movement to evade the sluggish start of Ozawa. Beginning in the fifth round, Ozawa, without her A-game, willed herself back into the contest with sheer aggression. In the end, Ozawa’s lack of championship experience allowed Hong to edge her on the scorecards (96-94/96-94/94-96). Hong previously had a twenty-month reign as the WBO World female minimumweight title before dropping the belt Japan’s Mako Yamada whereas this fight represented the first world title opportunity for Ozawa. With the win, Hong improved to (15-1-1, 7 KOs) and Ozawa drops to (12-4, 4 KOs).
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