Fifteen-year-old kickboxing champion Seira Aragaki returns to Jewels for the first time in over a year at Jewels: “20th Ring” on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. The J-Girls and two-division M-1 titleholder faces off against South Korean taekwondo champ Hyo Kyung Song in a three-round shoot boxing match.
Aragaki made her debut for Jewels at “15th Ring” in July 2011 and earned a Unanimous Decision victory over Wano Sato. She is regarded as one of Japan’s top young female kickboxers. Song makes her first appearance for Jewels on Saturday and joins teammate Ji Yun Kim on the “20th Ring” card.
Aragaki brings a significant experience advantage into the bout with Song, but she will need to adapt to shoot boxing rules, which permit throws and standing submissions. Aragaki became J-Girls Under-15 Mini Flyweight Champion in 2010 and is also a two-division M-1 kickboxing champion at both 40 and 50 kilograms. Song is a newcomer to the Japanese fight scene, but she brings a strong background in taekwondo into her first fight under shoot boxing rules and will look to upset her highly-touted opponent.
The bout will be contested over three 2:00 rounds, with one extension round in the event of a Draw.
Jewels: “20th Ring” takes place on July 21st at Differ Ariake in Tokyo, Japan.
Jewels: “20th Ring” Fight Card (subject to change):
- “V.V” Mei Yamaguchi vs Emi Tomimatsu [52kg Jewels Official MMA Rules - 2x5]
- Yasuko “Ikuko” Tamada vs Naoko Omuro [46kg Jewels Special MMA Rules - 2x5]
- Shizuka Sugiyama vs Megumi Yabushita [62kg Jewels Special MMA Rules - 2x5]
- Kozue “Azuma” Nagashima vs Ji Yun Kim [60kg Jewels Kickboxing Rules - 3x3]
- Yukiko Seki vs Satomi Takano [46kg Jewels Official MMA Rules - 2x5]
- Seira Aragaki vs Hyo Kyung Song [54kg Shoot Boxing Rules - 3x2]
- Saya Ito vs Emi Matsushita [45kg Jewels Amateur Kickboxing Rules - 2x2]
- Miiri Sasaki vs Kayoko Yamazaki [48kg Jewels Amateur Kickboxing Rules - 2x2]
- Reina Matsuda vs Ayumi Otaki [52kg Jewels Amateur Kickboxing Tournament Bout - 2x2]
- Wano Sato vs Mari Suzuki [52kg Jewels Amateur Kickboxing Tournament Bout - 2x2]
- Naomi Taniyama vs Nana “Chanchin” Ichikawa [48kg Jewels Amateur MMA Rules - 1x4]
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