Is Mizuki Hiruta The New Face Of Women’s Boxing In Japan?

The Future Looks Bright for WBO Champ Mizuki Hiruta

Mizuki Hiruta wins vacant WBO belt over Kanako Taniyama
Mizuki Hiruta wins vacant WBO belt over Kanako Taniyama | Credit: Twitter

Mizuki Hiruta’s Star Rises with WBO World Title Win Over Taniyama!

At the Hall in Tokyo, Japan, Mizuki Hiruta (4-0, 0 KOs) scored an easy unanimous decision win (100-89, 100-89, 99-90) over Kanako Taniyama (5-2, 1 KOs) to capture the vacant WBO women’s junior bantamweight title at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan.

Taniyama hoped to use her size and physicality to neutralize and wear down the elusive Hiruta. But things did not turn out that way. But it was the youth, athleticism, and boxing skills of Hiruta that prevailed in this one. She set the tone early and never gave her adversary the chance to get into the fight.

With her pink hair and spunky personality outside the ring, the new champion is a fighter whose visibility is on the ascent. Hiruta has the potential to be a cash cow in her homeland. It will be interesting to see what her handlers have in store for the 26-year-old.

One option for Hiruta is a unification match against either IBF champion Micaela Lujan or WBA champ Clara Lescurat. The two champions are considered the best fighters in the division. Another option is for her team to give her a big promotional push to make her the face of female fighters in Japan. Women’s boxing has become quite popular in that country over the last decade. Her future will be one to watch in 2023 and beyond.

By: Michael Wilson Jr.

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