Earlier today at Haneda airport that was an event held to try and build attention for the final big show of the decade, a triple world title card in Ota-City General Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan

One of the world title bouts there will see Miyo Yoshida [吉田 実代] defending her WBO Female Jr. Bantamweight World title against Chinese challenger Li Ping Shi.

Today the two were supposed to have a face off as part of the event, though unfortunately Shi’s arrival in Japan was delayed, leaving Yoshida, along with her 4 year old daughter, on the stage.

Yoshida sport about Shi being a strong fighter but believed she had the skills to win, and had practised hard. Her daughter, who had dressed like a character from Frozen, added that she wanted her mum to win, in scenes that were surprisingly cute for what was essentially a boxing press conference.

Despite have not yet scored a stoppage win Yoshida was tipped to score her first stoppage here by both Daisuke Naito and Takashi Uchiyama, who will be doing the commentary on Paravi for the bout.

Via AsianBoxing.info

Photo via bbm-japan.com / FujikiPhoto: Akira Honma

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.

via asianboxing.info

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.”