After almost more than a year of ring lay-off, La Trinidad-based lady fighter Norj Guro failed to bring home the World Boxing Council minimum weight crown.
Guro, a fighter of the Highland Boxing Gym in Benguet came home with a broken nose after suffering an eighth-round knockout against defending champion Yuko Kuroki on June 7 at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan.
“It was a good fight,” assessed manager Brico Santig despite his ward’s starting to suffer nose bleeding as early as the third round.
The 24-year-old southpaw however continued to trade punches with the Japanese champion in the fifth and seventh round.
Seeing Guro that had absorbed too much, referee Thawuth Pluemsamran of Thailand finally stopped the fight in 2:09 of the 8th round.
“She had a long lay-off and at the same time her timing was off,” added Santig.
After her impressive victory against Rosemarie Cruz in March 2014, Guro since then suffered three straight defeats in the hands of another world champion Nao Ikeyama and Jessica Chavez.
Guro’s record fall to 7-6-1 after racking up five consecutive wins since she debut in 2011 knocking four out of her five opponents that include Jessica Mae Calumba, Kim Actub, Liza Villanueva, and Lezyl Aringgo.
The 25-year-old Japanese southpaw on the other hand, improved her record to 16 wins with eight knockouts against four loses and one draw.
This will be the fourth successful title defense for Kuroki after capturing the ladies 105 lbs crown in 2014 via a unanimous decision win against Mari Ando in Osaka, Japan.