Mika Iwakawa v Yuko Kuroki Atomweight Unification on the Horizon?
On September 1, the Atomweight division topped two new champions that would face one another in a title unification. Newly topped IBF champion Mika Iwakawa (11-6-1, 3KO) and WBO champion Yuko Kuroki (20-7-2, 9KO) are champions once more. This locations a doable unification on the horizon.
FROM FORMER CHAMPIONS TO UNIFICATION HOPEFULL
Kuroki, now a two-divisional champion, got here near successful the IBF title in 2018. She would lose by a cut up determination to Saemi Hanagata in that match. She waited 4 years earlier than defeating Nanae Suzuki for the WBO title. The 2-divisional champion boxed fantastically en path to successful a unanimous determination.
Iwakawa, a former WBO champion, misplaced the title in a rematch in opposition to Suzuki by cut up determination on February 25. She was in a position to look previous that defeat and capitalized on a title alternative by defeating Ayaka Miyao in a close-quarters battle. The victory got here through a slim unanimous determination. A two-time champion, the 39-year-old Iwakawa nonetheless might have one thing left for one final main battle.
IS A UNIFICATION NEXT?
With hopes of unification between Miyao and Suzuki not on the desk, it falls on Iwakawa and Kuroki to fill the void. This battle needs to be simple to make contemplating they each are from Japan, and received their titles beneath the identical promoter, Yukio Sebata.
The atom weight division doesn’t get loads of press. Hopefully a unification, with an angle in direction of undisputed, would change that.
By: Garrisson Bland