December 18, 2016
Fast-moving southpaw Yuko Kuroki (17-4-1, 8 KOs), 104.5, impressively retained her WBC 105-pound belt when she dropped former champ Mari Ando (13-10, 6 KOs), 105, twice in early rounds, withstood Andofs retaliation in the second half and earned a unanimous decision (all 96-92) over ten give-and-take rounds on Sunday in Fukuoka, Japan. Kuroki registered her fifth defense since she dethroned Ando here in 2014, and displayed her progress and pugnaciousness, flooring Ando with a southpaw left in the second and fifth. Ando, however, came back hard in later rounds, occasionally having the champ at bay. But Kurokifs early accumulation on points carried her to a well-deserved victory before the hometown audience including her father, a police executive in Fukuoka. The formerly two-time champ Ando announced her farewell to the ring with her final attempt to win the world throne.
Promoter: Yuko Fitness Promotions.
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