Akane Watanabe – fighter card and profile

Akane Watanabe

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Akane “Little Storm” Watanabe is everything you can expect from Japanese fighters. She’s tough, she never backs down and she wants to win at all costs. She is the reigning Lightweight champion of Germany.

Hailing from Tokyo, she was born in the same city on 4 January 1997. She had a trouble-free childhood and has learned traditional Japanese values. Her workaholic father spent most of his time at the office, in a law firm, while her mother stayed at home to raise the kids.

Strongly encouraged to break free from those values by both parents, who wanted her to do more than making and raising babies, she did extremely well in school. She was on the path to law school, having been accepted as a student, but she dropped out in the first term. Her love for boxing prevailed. Her inspiration was Naoko Kumagai, the kickboxer who destroyed so many opponents, including Regina Halmich.

Although smaller than the average in the division, Akane has fought as a Super Lightweight and she is seen as a superior talent. She went on to win her first three fights before losing to Alesia Schumann by knockout. She has found her winning ways again, only to lose by knockout once again in the 10th round of her rematch against Alesia.

Right after the fight, she took a chance and asked to join Alesia and Regina in Munich. They accepted enthusiastically. Moving to Germany, Akane made visual changes, adopting a more European haircut and replacing red tops and gloves by black tops and gloves. She was moved to the Lightweight division. Look out: this Japanese-German wants to go up in the rankings!

Fight record (9 wins, 3 losses)
12 Takara Oshima 2 Feb. 2020 Loss KO 3
11 Maya Cerci 24 Jun. 2019 Win TKO 2
10 Erica Kühn 3 Jan. 2019 Win KO 7
9 Vera Stone 1 May 2018 Win KO 6
8 Alesia Schumann 3 October 2017 Loss KO 10
7 Nakamoto Kozue 28 August 2017 Win KO 4
6 Iha Shinobu 19 June 2017 Win KO 7
5 Asaka Uta 24 February 2017 Win Decision
4 Alesia Schumann 2 January 2017 Loss KO 4
3 Takei Shiho 25 November 2016 Win Decision
2 Machi Kame 5 October 2016 Win KO 1
1 Sakurano Ochiyo 19 September 2016 Win KO 2
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