WBC atom weight champion Momo Koseki (20-2-1, 7 KO’s) made quick work of Aisah Alico (5-5, 4 KO’s), scoring a second round knockout at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan in one of two world title bouts on the card.
It was the 15th defense for the 32 year old champion, who has held the title since 2008. After losing back to back title opportunities in her fourth and fifth pro contests, she faced off against Winyu Paradorn Gym in pro fight number eight, and scored a second round knockout to win the belt. She hasn’t lost since, scoring 14 wins with one technical draw coming against Masae Akitaya in 2010. Her ultimate goal is a unification bout with WBA champ Ayaka Miyao.
Alico wasn’t the best of challengers to be honest, having lost three straight contests prior to Thursday’s contest and having all four of her prior defeats coming by stoppage.
The venue also played host to a light flyweight world title bout between IBF champion Naoko Shibata (14-3, 4 KO’s) and Saemi Hanagata (9-6-2, 4 KO’s). It was the third defense for Shibata, who was coming in off a big win in August with a stoppage win over former champion Ana Arrazola.
This bout didn’t go as easy for the champion as the accompanying fight, Hanagata’s pressure and punch output made it difficult for her to get into any sort of rhythm. Shibata was the more accurate puncher though, and end scores of 96:94, 96:95, and 95:95 saw the champ retain her title via slim majority decision.
Nancy Franco (14-6-2, 4 KO’s) became a two time world champion, winning the IBF minimum-weight title in her rematch with Victoria Argueta (13-2, 4 KO’s) at Centro de Espectaculos in Epazoyucan, Hidalgo, Mexico. Franco held the belt for a brief period in 2013, defeating Kayoko Ebata for the vacant title but lost to Argueta in her first defense. She scored an eight round decision over Ivoon Rosas in a “stay busy” fight leading up to the rematch.
Argueta held the Mexico and WBC silver titles prior to becoming a world champion. After defeating Franco, she made one successful title defense, beating Alondra Garcia on points before facing Franco for the second time.
Also on the card, former WBC light flyweight champion Esmeralda Moreno (30-7-1, 10 KO’s) scored and eight round decision over Lorena Mendoza (1-10-1), and two time world title challenger Alondra Garcia (11-2-1, 1 KO) beat Ivoon Rosas by ninth round DQ.
WBO lightweight champion Amanda Serrano (22-1-1, 17 KO’s) took part in a non-title bout against Marisol Reyes (14-9-1, 7) in the Dominican Republic. The “Real Deal” won the first two frames before stopping Reyes in the third round. This was Serrano’s ninth consecutive knockout win.