Emiko Raika

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Emiko Raika
Born (1975-01-24) January 24, 1975 (age 46)
Kyoto, Japan
Other namesRaika
Nationality Japanese
Height5 ft 4 in (163 cm)
Weight115 lb (52 kg; 8 st 3 lb)
Division Lightweight (boxing)
Flyweight (MMA)
Reach68.0 in (173 cm)
Style Boxing
Stance Orthodox
Years active(2000-2013) (Boxing)
2014-present (MMA)
Professional boxing record
By knockout10
By knockout0
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout1
By submission1
By decision7
By knockout1
By submission2
By decision3
No contests1
Other information
Boxing record from BoxRec
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Emiko Raika (来家 恵美子, born January 24, 1975 in Kyoto, Japan) is a Japanese female professional boxer and mixed martial artist. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7]


Although more Japanese women have taken up traditionally male sports such as karate, kickboxing and wrestling in recent years, many in Japan still believe that women should not box, because of the injury risk. Raika, who has suffered a broken nose and an eye socket fracture in fights, shrugs off the possibility of injuries. "When I told friends that I want to become a boxer, they were surprised and put down my decision because I am a woman," said Raika. "But I had to resist. I like boxing and I wanted to do it. In fact, I am expressing myself through boxing. I am fighting not to beat the opponent, but for myself."


Early life

Raika lived with her grandmother until she was three. After her grandmother died, she spent the next 15 years in the Karyo-en children's home in Kyoto. Raika was a good student, among the top of her high school graduating class. She studied at Ogaki Women's College and became a licensed dental hygienist, later working at a dental clinic. She quit the job after a month, because she did not like the uniform. She tried other jobs, but they did not make her happy.

"I felt as if I were not living and felt myself destroying." said Raika, "I was very weak mentally. I could choose to have an ordinary life, but I wanted more than just that - to become strong."

Boxing career

Always enjoying rough sports such as wrestling and rugby, Raika joined a local boxing gym that she found while commuting to work at a battery manufacture, and trained to compete as an amateur boxer.

Raika had three wins in three amateur fights, and was named the most outstanding woman in a local amateur tournament, where she was spotted by Toshihiro Yamaki, a Tokyo gym owner.

With a growing number of Japanese women becoming interested in boxing, a group of gym owners had organized a women's boxing association in 1999, with Yamaki as its secretary general, called the Japanese Women's Boxing Commission (JWBC).

Yamaki was impressed by Raika, and asked her to join his gym and turn professional. She now devotes full-time to boxing.

Raika won the WIBA Featherweight World title from Australian Sharon Anyos in 2001, and successfully defended the title in a 2002 rematch. After destroying an overmatched Shelby Walker in two rounds for her second title defence on May 23, 2004, Raika made her 3rd title defence against the rugged (and undefeated) brawler Melissa Fiorentino on September 18, 2004, in Kyoto, Japan. It was called the WIBA 2004 Fight of the Year, Raika again successfully defended her crown via 10-round decision in a brutal toe-to-toe slugfest.

Raika then vacated her world title at featherweight (126 pounds) to move up in weight to the super featherweight division (130 pounds).

On March 13, 2005, in Tokyo, Japan, Raika lost a 10-round decision to Chevelle Hallback for the vacant WIBA Super Featherweight World Title.

On October 1, 2005, in Tokyo, Japan, Raika won an 8-round decision over Belinda Laracuente.

On May 20, 2006, in Cholla Province, Korea, Raika moved up another 2 weight classes, to 140 pounds, where she won a 10-round unanimous decision over Won Mi Chung, for the IFBA Light Welterweight World Title.

On June 10, 2006, in Tokyo, Japan, Raika knocked out Yoko Takahashi in the 4th round with a body shot.

On December 15, 2006, in Tokyo, Japan, Raika won a 10-round unanimous decision over Terri Blair to win the vacant WIBA Lightweight World Title.

Mixed martial arts record

Professional record breakdown
16 matches9 wins6 losses
By knockout11
By submission12
By decision73
No contests1
Loss9–6 (1) Flag of Brazil.svg Mayra CantuáriaSubmission (armbar)Pancrase 304April 14, 201913:17 Tokyo, Japan
Win9–5 (1) Flag of Brazil.svg Edna OliveiraDecision (split)Pancrase 302December 9, 201835:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss8–5 (1) Flag of Russia.svg Kseniya GusevaDecision (split)Pancrase 297July 1, 201835:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win8–4 (1) Flag of South Korea.svg Seul Gi JeonDecision (unanimous)GRANDSLAM 7: Way of the CageMarch 25, 201825:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win7–4 (1) Flag of South Korea.svg Ji Yeon SeoSubmission (rear naked choke)TTF Challenge 07October 9, 201722:37 Tokyo, Japan
Win6–4 (1) Flag of South Korea.svg Hae In KimDecision (split) Road FC 040 July 15, 201725:00 Seoul, South Korea
Win5–4 (1) Flag of South Korea.svg Jin Hee KangDecision (unanimous) Road FC 037 XX March 11, 201735:00 Seoul, South Korea
Win4–4 (1) Flag of Japan.svg Satsuki KodamaDecision (unanimous)Deep Jewels 15February 25, 201725:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win3–4 (1) Flag of South Korea.svg Jin Hee KangDecision (unanimous)Deep Jewels 14November 2, 201625:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss2–4 (1) Flag of Japan.svg Rin NakaiTKO (elbows)Pancrase 279July 24, 201632:43 Tokyo, Japan
Loss2–3 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Brogan Walker Decision (unanimous)PXC 50December 4, 201535:00 Mangilao, Guam
NC2–2 (1) Flag of Australia (converted).svg Jessica-Rose Clark No ContestTTF Challenge 05September 23, 201535:00 Tokyo, JapanResult overturned due to Clark missing weight.
Win2–2 Flag of Italy.svg Slavka VitalyDecision (split)Pancrase - 268July 5, 201533:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win1–2 Flag of Japan.svg Sayako FujitaKO (punch)Real FC 2 - Zone & Real 2October 16, 201522:06 Yokohama,Japan
Loss0–2 Flag of Japan.svg Shizuka Sugiyama Technical Submission (armbar)Deep - Dream Impact 2014: Omisoka SpecialDecember 31, 201414:06 Saitama, Japan
Loss0–1 Flag of South Korea.svg Su Jeong Lim Decision (unanimous)Revolution 2 - Start of the RevolutionSeptember 12, 201425:00 Seoul, South Korea

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
43 fights35 wins8 losses
By knockout100
By decision258
34Loss25–8–1 Flag of South Korea.svg Choi Hyunmi UD102:00Aug 15, 2013 Flag of South Korea.svg Wolmido, IcheonFor WBA interim female super featherweight title
33Win25–7–1 Flag of the United States.svg Cristina SanchezUD82:00Mar 12, 2013 Flag of Japan.svg Korakuen Hall
32Win24–7–1 Flag of Thailand.svg Bas Sor TammajakKO21:10Oct 28, 2012 Flag of Japan.svg Furukawa Sogo Gym, Osaki, Miyagi
31Win23–7–1 Flag of the United States.svg Cynthia MunozUD62:00Jul 11, 2012 Flag of Japan.svg Korakuen Hall, Tokyo
30Loss22–7–1 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Jelena Mrdjenovich UD102:00Sep 22, 2011 Flag of Japan.svg Korakuen Hall, Tokyo
29Win22–6–1 Flag of Japan.svg Chika MizutaniKO41:54Apr 4, 2011 Flag of Japan.svg Korakuen Hall, Tokyo
28Win21–6–1 Flag of the United States.svg Bronwyn WylieUD102:00Sep 24, 2010 Flag of Japan.svg Korakuen Hall, TokyoWon vacant OPBF female lightweight title
27Win20–6–1 Flag of Thailand.svg Lamduan SuperchampsKO32:09Apr 1, 2010 Flag of Japan.svg Korakuen Hall, Tokyo
26Win19–6–1 Flag of Thailand.svg Pantip MuangubonKO41:48Dec 6, 2009 Flag of Japan.svg ATC Hall, Osaka, Osaka, Japan
25Loss18–6–1 Flag of the United States.svg Layla McCarter UD102:00Jul 3, 2009 Flag of the United States.svg South Point Hotel Casino, Las Vegas, NevadaFor WBA and GBU female lightweight titles
24Loss18–5–1 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Olivia GerulaSD82:00Mar 3, 2009 Flag of Japan.svg Korakuen Hall, Tokyo
23Loss18–4–1 Flag of the United States.svg Ann SaccuratoUD102:00Aug 11, 2008 Flag of Japan.svg Korakuen Hall, TokyoFor vacant WBC female lightweight title
22Win18–3–1 Flag of the United States.svg Natalie BrownMD62:00May 9, 2008 Flag of Japan.svg Korakuen Hall, Tokyo,
21Win17–3–1 Flag of the United States.svg Ann SaccuratoMD102:00Nov 10, 2007 Flag of Japan.svg Shinjuku FACE, TokyoRetained WIBA lightweight title
20Loss16–3–1 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Jelena Mrdjenovich UD102:00Apr 7, 2007 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Shaw Conference Centre, Edmonton, AlbertaFor WBC female super featherweight title
19Win16–2–1 Flag of the United States.svg Terri BlairUD102:00Dec 15, 2006 Flag of Japan.svg TokyoWon vacant WIBA lightweight title
18Win15–2–1 Flag of Japan.svg Yoko Takahashi KO41:30Jun 10, 2006 Flag of Japan.svg Shinjuku FACE
17Win14–2–1 Flag of South Korea.svg Won-Mi JungUD102:00May 20, 2006 Flag of South Korea.svg Jeongeup, South KoreaWon vacant IFBA super lightweight title
16Win13–2–1 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Belinda Laracuente PTS82:00Oct 1, 2005 Flag of Japan.svg Roppongi Velfarre, Tokyo
15Loss12–2–1 Flag of the United States.svg Chevelle Hallback UD102:00Mar 13, 2005 Flag of Japan.svg Velfarre, Roppongi, TokyoLost WIBA featherweight title
14Win12–1–1 Flag of the United States.svg Melissa Fiorentino UD102:00Sep 18, 2004 Flag of Japan.svg KyotoRetained WIBA featherweight title
13Win11–1–1 Flag of the United States.svg Shelby Walker TKO21:59May 23, 2004 Flag of Japan.svg KyotoRetained WIBA featherweight title
12Win10–1–1 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Sharon Anyos UD102:00Nov 30, 2003 Flag of Japan.svg TokyoRetained WIBA featherweight title
11Win9–1–1 Flag of the United States.svg Jeri Sitzes MD82:00Jun 25, 2003 Flag of Japan.svg Tokyo
10Win8–1–1 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Sharon Anyos SD102:00Dec 18, 2002 Flag of Japan.svg TokyoWon WIBA featherweight title
9Win7–1–1 Flag of the United States.svg Lauren BennettTKO20:27Sep 7, 2002 Flag of Japan.svg Tokyo
8Win6–1–1 Flag of Japan.svg Mika HarikaeTKO3Jun 9, 2002 Flag of Japan.svg Tokyo
7Loss5–1–1 Flag of the United States.svg Layla McCarter MD82:00Apr 29, 2002 Flag of Japan.svg Shimokita Town Hall, Tokyo
6Win5–0–1 Flag of Japan.svg Miki KikukawaUD102:00Feb 3, 2002 Flag of Japan.svg Shimokita Town Hall, Tokyo
5Win4–0–1 Flag of Japan.svg Mika HarikaeTKO31:15Jul 20, 2001 Flag of Japan.svg Shimokita Town Hall, Tokyo
4Win3–0–1 Flag of Japan.svg Miki KikukawaSD62:00Mar 2, 2001 Flag of Japan.svg Shimokita Town Hall, Tokyo
3Win2–0–1 Flag of Japan.svg Ann JiheMD62:00Dec 12, 2000 Flag of Japan.svg Shimokita Town Hall, Tokyo
2Draw1–0–1 Flag of Japan.svg Kaori KoizumiMD62:00Sep 21, 2000 Flag of Japan.svg Shimokita Town Hall, Tokyo
1Win1–0 Flag of Japan.svg Keiko OnumaTKO31:17May 8, 2000 Flag of Japan.svg Shimokita Town Hall, Tokyo

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