WPMF Women’s Mini Flyweight Champion Erika Kamimura and reigning J-Girls Mini Flyweight Champion Momi will meet for the newly-vacant RISE Queen title at RISE 95 on September 13th in Tokyo, Japan. The champion versus champion matchup was announced by the promotion this week.
Kamimura was first set to challenge champion Rena Kubota in a rematch for the RISE title, but Kubota vacated the belt as a result of her inability to defend the championship due to other commitments. Both Kamimura and Momi are coming off of stoppage victories at an M-Fight event in June.
Kamimura (27-3-0 KB/SB) is one of the most accomplished female kickboxers in Japan today. The 20-year-old is a former J-Girls champion and currently holds Muay Thai titles for the WPMF, WMC and WBC. She was also the winner of the 2011 Shoot Boxing Japan Girls S-Cup tournament. Kamimura captured the WPMF mini flyweight title for the second time in December and she made a successful defence of the belt with a first-round TKO victory on June 16th.
Momi (19-7-5 KB/SB) captured the J-Girls Mini Flyweight Championship in November with a five-round Unanimous Decision win over Miho. She made her shoot boxing debut in February and handed JKS48 Shoot Boxing Women’s Minimumweight Champion Mio Tsumura the first defeat of her career. On May 19th, Momi defeated Momoka in a three-round non-title fight for J-Girls. She most recently competed on the same M-Fight card as Kamimura and earned a third-round TKO win.
The RISE Queen title debuted in November 2011 when Kubota outpointed Kamimura to become the first RISE Queen Champion. Kamimura earned back-to-back victories under the RISE banner, including a decision win over Seo Hee Ham in June 2012 rematch, to earn a second shot at the belt. However, with Kubota committed to Shoot Boxing for its August 3rd event, she relinquished her RISE title in order for a new champion to be crowned.
RISE 95 takes place on September 13th at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan. The 48kg title bout between Kamimura and Momi will be contested over five 3:00 rounds.
(Photo Credit: Shoot Boxing)