Ayaka Miyao & Nanae Suzuki Become Champs; Unification Possible

A Unification At Atomweight May Be Near

Ayaka Miyao and Nanae Suzuki holding titles.
Ayaka Miyao (left) and Nanae Suzuki

Ayaka Miyao And Nanae Suzuki Could Fight In Unification After Title Victories

In boxing, the lower-weight divisions suffer from a lack of fan participation. However, a possible unification between newly crowned atomweight champions Nanae Suzuki (11-4-1, 1ko) (WBO) and Ayaka Miyao (25-9-2, 6ko) (IBF) could get fan’s attention.


On February 25, both champions captured their respective titles against stellar opponents. Suzuki had to overcome two early defeats at the start of her career in 2016. She wouldn’t lose a fight again until 2019, winning the Japanese title in the process.

After losing that title to rising prospect Eri Matsuda (a name that will appear again in this article), Suzuki rebounded with two good wins earning a shot at WBO champion Mika Iwakawa in 2020.

Suzuki would lose the contest via split decision. However, in the 2022 rematch, she got revenge winning the title in the same way she lost in 2020.


Miyao’s history is a long one. She is a two-time champion that has been competing since 2004. In 2012, Miyao defeated Mari Ando to capture the WBA championship and went on to have five successful title defenses.

In 2015, she lost her title in a unification against Momo Koseki. It was a struggle over the next seven years as Miyao had four unsuccessful title opportunities. Finally fighting for the vacant IBF title, she handed highly regarded Matsuda her first career defeat. In what is viewed as a close fight, the veteran won by majority decision.


A unification could be next for both champions. Suzuki could look for a rubber match with Iwakawa since both fights were close. At 38 years-old, Miyao could be looking at retirement after such a long and tough journey back to the top.

If Miyao sticks around then becoming a unified champion could be the last goal to check off the list before walking away from the sport. With both champions from the same country, it shouldn’t require a lot of leg-work to make the fight happen.

As of now, both champions undoubtedly are enjoying the moment while the boxing community waits to see what their next moves will be.

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By: Bo Bland

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Garrisson Bland - Head of Public Relations/Senior Journalist. Garrisson is the Head of Public relations for 3kingsboxing.com as well as a senior writer. He is also the host of YouTube boxing show "Truth And Facts Sports Talk."