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Copyrighted photo taken by Scott Mallon


5' 0" Japanese straw-weight Nanako Kikuchi was born on March 25, 1975. She is a keen amateur photographer.

She made her debut as pro boxer in Tokyo on September 21, 2003, winning a four-round decision over another Japanese debut fighter, Sanami Arai.

On February 22, 2004, at Gold Gym South Annex in Tokyo, she won a four-round majority decision over 5' 4" Satoko Kamimura, who fell to 0-2 with the loss.

On May 23, 2004 in Tokyo she won a four-round unanimous decision over then unbeaten Nao Ikeyama, dropping the 5' 0" Ikeyama to 2-1 (1 KO).

On July 18, 2004 in Tokyo she won a four-round unanimous decision over 5' 3" Eri Ishiyama, who fell to 1-2 with the loss (and has not fought since).


Kikuchi vs. Marika Watanabe

On September 18, 2004 in Kyoto, Japan, Nanako weighed in at 102 lbs and won the Japanese Minimumweight title with an eight-round unanimous decision over 5' 1" Marika Watanabe (102 lbs), dropping Watanabe's record to 2-1 (0 KO's).

On March 30, 2005, at the Hotel Sunrise International in Shenyang, Liaoning Province, China, Nanako lost an eight-round decision to Eun Soon Choi of South Korea, who moved her pro record to 2-0 eith the win (and went on to become the WBC Junior Flyweight champion in her next bout).

On June 12, 2005 at Kitazawa Town Hall in Tokyo, Naoko again fought Nao Ikeyama, this time to a draw over eight rounds.  The bout was recognised  by the WIBA as an eliminator for its Junior Flyweight title and the Japan Women's Boxing Commission Junior Flyweight title had been on the line. Ikeyama was now 3-1-1 (1 KO).

Kikuchi vs Siriporn for the WBC title
Copyrighted photo by Scott Mallon

On November 7, 2005 Nanako (105 lbs) defeated Nongmai Sor Siriporn (104 lbs) of Thailand for the WBC Straw-weight title by a seventh-round TKO.  The bout was held in the Klong Luang Prison in Pathum Thani, Thailand, in an outdoor arena next to where Siriporn was serving a four-and-a-half year prison term for dealing methamphetamines. 

According to WBAN's ringside correspondent and photographer Scott Mallon, "The Japanese fighter controlled the bout from the outset, punishing the game Thai time and time again with wicked left hooks to the liver and straight right counters to the head. By the end of the third stanza the body shots had taken their toll. Sor Siriporn was gasping for air and ready to collapse when the bell rang to signify the end of round three. The doctor looked glanced into her corner between rounds however determined she was capable of fighting on. Kikuchi picked up her punch output in round four and only the bell was able to save the withering Sor Siriporn. It became more and more apparent to those in attendance Sor Siriporn was now fighting on heart alone and was totally spent. The gutsy Thai managed to somehow make it through round five and six, occasionally gathering enough strength to throw a few combinations but doing little damage and only prolonging the inevitable. Kikuchi bolted out of her corner in round seven, guns blazing, pummeling Sor Siriporn with accurate combinations and non-stop punching. The sheer volume of punches finally overwhelmed the exhausted Thai, who had began to turn her back as referee Bruce McTavish stepped in to stop the beating only :50 into the round."  (For more fight photos by Scott Mallon, see Photo Gallery #301 on the WBAN Member Site).

The referee jumps in to rescue Nongmai Sor Siriporn
Copyrighted photo by Scott Mallon

The Thai boxer said "I did not expect to win the fight but I gave my all and did the best I could. Nanako was fast and aggressive and that's why I couldn't do anything at all. She was better and stronger. Her right was hard. This was only my first professional fight. I need more experience to become a better boxer."  Wanchai Rujawongsanti reported in the Bangkok Post that Sor Siriporn (real name Wannee Chaisena) had compiled a 4-1 record in three-round amateur boxing bouts, and had won 10 of 15 amateur Muay Thai fights. The WBC had claimed that Sor Siriporn held an 8-0 boxing record, which was contradicted by the account of Siriporn's ring career in the Bangkok Post, and by Sor Siriporn's own statement that this had been her first professional bout.   

The WBC's Patrick Cusick dismissed any suggestion that the fight had been a publicity stunt and stated that the WBC completely supported the idea to stage a world title fight in the prison. "Boxing's all about giving people a second chance," he told Kylie Morris of the BBC News. "It gives everybody a chance - it's not about the elites. It's a great equaliser."  It was also reported that Sor Siriporn had been offered early release from her prison term, on which 14 months remained, had she won the fight and the WBC title. Thailand's crowded prisons had instituted a variety of stress-relief programs for their female inmates, including meditation, laughing contests, soccer and recently kickboxing and boxing schools. The bout was carried live on Thai television to show off their inmate program. "When you're on drugs, your body isn't strong. But since I started boxing and sports, my health has improved significantly," said Siriporn. 

The WBC had also ranked Sor Siriporn #3 in the world before the bout ... remarkable for a boxer with no pro experience ... and a ranking which may have been intended to justify the originally scheduled matchup, in which Sor Siriporn would have faced undefeated Californian Carina Moreno. Moreno had pulled out of the bout for medical reasons and Kikuchi, ranked #11 by the WBC, had stepped in at about one week's notice. "I wanted to make the best of it because this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," said Kikuchi.

Kikuchi vs Thaweesuk On May 10, 2006 at the Klong Prem Central Prison in Bangkok, Thailand, Nanako retained the WBC straw-weight title with a ten round unanimous (97-93,96-94,96-94) decision over Siriporn Thaweesuk (aka Siriporn Sor Siriporn) of Thailand, another prison inmate serving a 10-year sentence for a drug offence. Referee Bruce McTavish of New Zealand praised the unusual proceedings, saying "The WBC title fight in prison is uque and I think it is great to give people in jail a chance to have some career and job to do after they are released."  


Nanako Kikuchi vs. Carina Moreno
Copyrighted photo taken by Alan Messick

On May 17, 2007 at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, California  a sold-out crowd of 1,450 saw Carina Moreno (104 lbs) of Watsonville, California defeat Nanako (104 lbs) for the WBC Strawweight title by a ten-round unanimous (100-90 x 3) decision in the main event. A ringside observer reported to WBAN that “Kikuchi is a warrior. She just kept coming forward and took a tremendous amount of punches from all angles, but she kept pressing the fight. Carina was just too sharp, and clearly won the rounds but it was obvious from the onset that Kikuchi was not going to leave the ring until all 10 rounds were completed. They went non-stop for 10 rounds and had the crowd on their feet.”  For photos of this bout by Alan Messick, see WBAN Photo Gallery #427 on the WBAN Records Member Site. Carina Moreno improved her pro record to 13-1-0 (4 KOs)

On June 9, 2008 at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan, Nanako Kikuchi (104 lbs)  TKO’d Petchchengrai Sitkrumad (102 lbs) of Thailand at 1:12  in the first round of a scheduled six round bout. Sitkrumad fell to 2-1 (0 KO's) with the loss. Kukuchi improved to 8-2-1 (2 KOs.

On October 13, 2008 at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan, Nanako Kikuchi (105 lbs) TKO’d Lilly Rachaprachagym (4′11″, 104 lbs) of Pong Payao, Thailand at 1:54 in the second round of a scheduled six rounder.   Rachaprachagym fell to 4-5-0 (3 KO's).

On December 8, 2009 at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan, Naomi Togashi (107 lbs) of Tokyo (at left in photo) retained the interim WBC Junior Flyweight title with a TKO over Nanako Kikuchi (108 lbs) at 0:21 in the final round of a scheduled ten-rounder. Togashi improved her record to 5-0 (4 KO's) with the win.

On June 26, 2009 in the main event of a six-bout card at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan, Nanako Kikuchi (107 lbs) won an action-packed 10-round unanimous (97-94,97-94,96-94) decision over Kayoko Ebata (108 lbs) of Tokyo for the vacant OPBF women's light flyweight title. This was reported to be the first OPBF title bout in Japan. Kukuchi improved to 10-3-1 (3 KO's) while Ebata fell to 2-2 (1 KO).

On December 12, 2009 at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Nanako Kikuchi (107 lbs) TKO'd Yani Kokietgym (5'6", 106 lbs) of Nakhon Sawhan, Thailand at 1:26 in the ninth round of a scheduled ten-rounder for the OPBF Junior Flyweight title.  Kokietgym fell to 6-2 (0 KOs) with the loss.

On May 18, 2010 at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Nanako Kikuchi (107 lbs)  TKO'd Jeremie Tabastabas (107 lbs) of Puerto Princesa City, Philippines at 1:29 in the fourth round of a scheduled ten-rounder for the OPBF Junior Flyweight title. Tabastabas fell to 5-2-2 (1 KO) with the loss.

Kikuchi vs Ortiz Sept 2010
Nanako Kikuchi vs Anabel Ortiz in Sept 2010

On September 13, 2010 at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Anabel Ortiz (105 lbs) of Tepic, Mexico won a ten-round unanimous (98-92,98-92,99-91) decision over Nanako Kikuchi (105 lbs) defending the WBC Srawweight title. From the first round, Kikuchi was caught repeatedly by the razor sharp jabs and left hooks of Ortiz, who displayed excellent footwork and counter-punching abilities. In the middle rounds, Ortiz controlled Kikuchi with repeated left hooks and hard rights. The open scoring system after the seventh round showed Ortiz's wide lead on points: 69-64 on all of the scorecards so Kikuchi had to KO Ortiz in order to win. The Japanese challenger made ​​a brave effort in the later rounds but she was unable to find the range to connect effectively while she continued to be hit hard by Ortiz.  Kikuchi fell to 12-4-1 (5 KO's) with the loss while Ortiz improved to 7-1 (1 KO).  After the fight Nanako Kikuchi was silent about whether she would retire from competition or continue in her boxing career.

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