Slick-punching Miyo Yoshida (13-1, no KO), 114.25, acquired the vacant WBO Female Jr. Bantamweight belt by scoring a nearly shutout decision (100-90 twice, 99-91) over Casey Morton (8-2-3, 1 KO), 115, over ten hard-fought rounds on Wednesday in Chiba, Japan as part of Ioka-Palicte undercard.

Yoshida, despite her lack of convincing power, displayed good precision in connecting with sharp left-right combinations and right uppercuts to the onrushing opponent, 35, handled by Nonito Donaire’s father.

The 31-year-old Yoshida’s sharpshooting accounted for her long-anticipated coronation.

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Tomorrow in Chiba we’ll see Miyo Yoshida (12-1) [吉田 実代] and Casey Morton (8-1-3, 1) battle to become the new WBO female Jr. Bantamweight champion. Today, ahead of tomorrow’s bout, the two fighters took part in their weigh in, and both successfully made weight for the contest.

On the scales Yoshida had no problems at all, in fact despite regularly fighting at Bantamweight she was only 114.2lbs on the scales here and seemed to have taken her preparations incredibly seriously.

Morton quite so lucky, originally coming in over the Jr. Bantamweight limit, before rushing to the bathroom and cutting her hair, getting her under the limit with a little bit of wriggle room to spare, at around 114.9lbs.

For those wanting to watch the bout it will, sadly, only be available to users of the Paravi service in Japan, a pay TV service, who will air the bout live. Unfortunately, the service is geo-locked for those outside of Japan.


Casey “Lady Hawaiian Punch” Morton (8-1-3, 1 KO) of San Francisco, California, will face Miyo Yoshida (12-1) for the vacant WBO Female Jr. Bantamweight title at Makuhari Messe, Chiba City, Japan on June 19, 2019 as part of WBO World title bout between Kazuto Ioka Vs Aston Palicte undercard.

Morton, a decorated amateur, is now looking to make her dream a reality as she seeks her first world title. In her last fight she was victorious against Chie Higano, a fight that took place in the Philippines.

“It is a dream come true to fight for a world title,” said Morton, who is managed by Greg Hannely of Prince Ranch Boxing. “I am very grateful to everyone who has supported me, but I couldn’t have done it without the help of Victor Conte and SNAC System, which has helped my career greatly. I am also thankful for my coach Nonito Donaire Sr., and my manager Greg Hannley. I am excited to show the world my skills on June 19th.”

“Casey Morton is a great body puncher and applies pressure, unlike any female fighter I have ever seen,” said Greg Hannely. “I am glad to work with her and believe that she is a person, who will always find a way to be successful. I know she has it in her to bring home a world title.”

“Fighting in Japan is great,” Morton continued. “I have been fighting in China and the Philippines for the last two years and it has been a wonderful experience. I am so eternally grateful and thankful to have this opportunity in my career.”

Once a year the boxing community gathers as one big family to celebrate the life of late great Gabriel “Flash” Elorde and also fete the champions who have made a name for themselves in the international scene.

For Mig and Bai Elorde, honoring their grandfather meant going in the ring and and engaging in the sport that made him a legend.

In the main event, Mig faced off against Japan’s Shohei Kawashima. It was a tough battle for the Filipino youngster as he found it difficult to find the openings to hurt his challenger. After hurting his right hand during training a couple of weeks ago, he could not land his signature right straight as much in the fight. However, he found success in putting his punches together in quick combinations as Kawashima barged in to attack.

At the end of 12 rounds, all three judges scored the fight for Mig, 115-113, 117-111, 117-111, for another successful defense of his WBO Asia Pacific super bantamweight title. He improved his record to 28 wins with 15 knockouts against a single defeat.

“He really tested my stamina because he kept on attacking,” Mig said. “He was a hard worker so I’m happy it turned into a good fight.”

Mig is currently ranked fourth by the WBO in the super bantamweight category and maybe a couple of big wins away fro being able to challenge for the title.

In the undercard, Casey Morton scored a split decision victory against Japan’s Chie Higano to retain the WBO Asia Pacific Female Flyweight title.