Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Saori Ishioka vs Ham Seo Hee announced for Feb. 25 DEEP show

Saori Ishioka
DEEP held a press conference today to announce the card for DEEP 52 IMPACT 10th Anniversary Feb. 25 at Korakuen Hall. Since MIKU retired March 2010, DEEP has had exactly zero women's matches. DEEP and JEWELS matchmaker Shigeru Saeki said at last month's JEWELS show that would change in 2011. They planned to have Saori Ishioka on the show in China but that was cancelled. They announced today that Ishioka will face Ham Seo Hee on the Feb. 25 show. Ishioka trains at Zendokai. Her record is 11-5 and her last fight was a win over Amiba on the Dec. 17 JEWELS show. Ham trains at CMA Korea. Her record is 6-4 and her last fight was a loss to Ayaka Hamasaki on the Dec. 17 JEWELS show. Ham won a unanimous decision over Ishioka on the Feb. 14, 2008 Smackgirl show. They were supposed to face each other last year but Ishioka was injured in training. So this is a match that Saeki has tried to put together for a while. Of course Ham is a kickboxer and Ishioka is a karate girl so I expect it to remain standing and go to a decision. Ishioka feels that 2010 was a bad year for her and she wants to redeem herself in 2011. She even considered retirement and has said on her blog that she wants to retire at age 25. That's in a couple of years. The one thing I am interested in is whether this leads to more consistent placing of women's matches on DEEP shows.

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