It was announced today that Philippine sensation Gretchen “chen chen” Abaniel will fight for the WBA minimum weight title against Japanese champion Ayaka Miyao. The event will take place at historic Korakuen Hall in Tokyo on November 28. The current WIBA title holder, Abaniel currently stands as the Philippines’ lone female world champion.
Originally slated to fight on the Manny Pacquiao card in Macau, Abaniel jumped at the opportunity to unify world title belts in Tokyo. “I believe it is my destiny to be the ultimate champion of the women’s division. I need to travel fight the best and beat the best out there to make my statement. I’m sure Ayaka will give me a very tough fight, and I’m looking forward to putting on a good show”. Champion Miyao has built an imposing record in her homeland, winning 11 of her last 12 bouts. Abaniel has only had one outing this year, venturing to Australia to fight under her new management group. Her performance was short lived, winning by first round stoppage after dropping her Thai opponent with a devastating body shot. After the fight, the powerful Filipina credited new trainer Tony Del Vecchio, of Full Body Impact gym in Sydney, as one of the main reasons behind her dominant showing. “ This girl has really good hand speed and power. I only had a short time to work with her before she won tonight, but what impressed me most, was her ability to listen and execute. She’s definitely something special” Del Vecchio enthused.
Abaniel said that she was looking forward to the prospect of bringing home another championship belt to the Philippines. “ I will head to Australia soon to complete my preparation for this fight. After that, I will look to defend my WIBA title against the best that’s out there. I’m feeling very strong. I’m a lucky girl because i love what I do!”