One to Watch?

By Matt McGrain on November 18, 2013
One to Watch?
It’s probably worth your while keeping an eye on "Miss Charm," in your role as a boxing fan.

This 5’10 Japanese Miss Earth Pageant competitor is a now a professional boxer. You won’t be surprised to read she’s super-fly…

Curtis Woodhouse caused British sportswriters to scratch their heads in 2006 when, aged 26, he gave up professional football (or “soccer”) for professional boxing. Woodhouse has been a moderate success, winning the English 140-pound title and recently making a spirited attempt at the Commonwealth lightweight title, unfortunately finding himself on the receiving end of a stiff beating from a fighter made in the womb by comparison, Derry Matthews, who turned professional at nineteen.

The source of that head-scratching was the relative work-to-rewards ration that Woodhouse exchanged when he gave up football for boxing. Footballers are paid extraordinarily well, top earners pocketing as much as $500,000 dollars a week, but even those at Woodhouse’s level earn in the low thousands. Domestic level boxing cannot compete. Furthermore, a footballer will tend to have his afternoons off after a morning’s light training. Boxers head to the gym post-run having consumed a relatively Spartan breakfast.

Woodhouse proves that, once you get the bug, it doesn’t really matter who you are, you have to box.

Supermodels, too, I am told, earn well and get most afternoons off. This hasn’t stopped Japanese “Miss Charm” Tomomi Takano, who placed highly in 2009’s “Asian SuperModel” contest, turning professional. Yes. This 5’10 Japanese Miss Earth Pageant competitor is a now a professional boxer. Her weight division? You won’t be surprised to read she’s super-fly.

A female super-flyweight standing 5’10 towers over her opposition and this has certainly helped Takano clamber to 3-0 in 2013, including two wins by way of first round stoppage. A little wayward with her punching, the Japanese shows commendable aggression that hints at her background in kickboxing, punching around the corner at her opponent in the most recent contest when the referee stopped the contest a little prematurely. Slender and sweet-faced, Takano likes to fight. She, too, has the bug. It’s a good start.

A recent move to Japan’s premier Kyoei Gym shows that, in her home country at least, this twenty-six-year-old, like Curtis Woodhouse, is being taken seriously, either as a potential talent or a potential earner. 

It’s probably worth your while keeping an eye on her, in your role as a boxing fan. I will be, in my role as a writer for

And for no other reason…

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  1. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 01:03pm, 11/20/2013

    In the photo above that appears to be the smokey, sultry look she gets when she’s checking out your package.

  2. Matt McGrain 01:02am, 11/20/2013

    She really is.  It will be interesting to see how far she goes.

  3. Mark J 11:25pm, 11/19/2013

    I’ve been following her for a little while. She’s improving.

  4. Clarence George 11:18am, 11/19/2013

    Matthew Mycroft McGrain!  Posting articles on temptresses?  Deplorable!  And I can’t remember the last time I saw one in more desperate need of the most stringent disciplinary measures available; to be immersed up to her silken armpits (which she’s shamelessly flaunting!) in a vat of simmering beef goulash.

  5. Meinhard Schmidt 10:26am, 11/19/2013

    can´t wait for CG´s comment…

  6. Matt McGrain 08:40am, 11/19/2013

    Just a temporary digression for me!

  7. Ted 07:13am, 11/19/2013

    Well I see you have joined CG in writing about luscious ones. I for one salute you in this lascivious endeavor.

    However, keep in mind that Clarence finds female boxers bile-inducing,

  8. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 06:30am, 11/19/2013

    More fighters need to “punch around the corner” like GGG did when finishing Stevens instead of trying to find that elusive and oftentimes granite chin.

  9. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 09:43pm, 11/18/2013

    Tomomi is an inspiration but my heart belongs to Zhang Ziyi, quite possibly the most beautiful creature on the face of the earth.

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