Standout striker “Windy” Tomomi Sunaba and Jewels veteran Yukiko Seki both picked up dominant decision victories in a pair of women’s bouts on Saturday night at Pancrase Impressive Tour 6 in Tokyo, Japan. Sunaba dispatched of Sadae “Manhoef” Suzumura in the night’s co-main event.
Earlier in the evening, Seki outlasted the still-winless Kimie “Sakura” Okada through two rounds to take a well-earned decision. After a disastrous 2006 to 2009 campaign, Seki has now won four of her last five fights, with the lone defeat during that time coming by way of a contentious Split Decision.
Sunaba (17-13-1) battered an overmatched Suzumura (1-1-1) with knees and punches throughout their two-round Athena Rules matchup. Her attacks varied, as she targeted the face and body with powerful strikes that kept Suzumura on the defensive for much of the featured bout, but Suzumura held strong and managed to survive until the final bell. The scoring was academic, however, as Sunaba took a clear-cut decision victory and has now won five of six fights since losing to Megumi Fujii in 2009.
Winner: Tomomi Sunaba by Unanimous Decision (20-18, 20-18, 20-18) after two 5:00 rounds. She improves to 17-13-1.
The undercard bout between Seki (9-20-0) and Okada (0-5-1) was slightly closer, but Seki did enough to take the fight on all three judges’ scorecards. While her record still leaves a lot to be desired, Seki should arguably be on a five-fight winning streak and had looked to have done enough to win last year’s Jewels Rough Stone Grand Prix at 48 kilograms, but suffered a contentious Split Decision loss in the tournament finals. Nearly all of Seki’s career defeats have come against past or present champions or top title contenders.
Winner: Yukiko Seki by Unanimous Decision (20-18, 20-18, 20-19) after two 5:00 rounds. She improves to 9-20-0.
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