|Born||January 24, 1975|
|Height||5 ft 4 in (163 cm)|
|Weight||115 lb (52 kg; 8 st 3 lb)|
|Division|| Lightweight (boxing)|
|Reach||68.0 in (173 cm)|
|Years active||(2000-2013) (Boxing)|
|Professional boxing record|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|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.
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."
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."
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.
|Professional record breakdown|
|16 matches||9 wins||6 losses|
|Loss||9–6 (1)||Mayra Cantuária||Submission (armbar)||Pancrase 304||April 14, 2019||1||3:17||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||9–5 (1)||Edna Oliveira||Decision (split)||Pancrase 302||December 9, 2018||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||8–5 (1)||Kseniya Guseva||Decision (split)||Pancrase 297||July 1, 2018||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||8–4 (1)||Seul Gi Jeon||Decision (unanimous)||GRANDSLAM 7: Way of the Cage||March 25, 2018||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||7–4 (1)||Ji Yeon Seo||Submission (rear naked choke)||TTF Challenge 07||October 9, 2017||2||2:37||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||6–4 (1)||Hae In Kim||Decision (split)||Road FC 040||July 15, 2017||2||5:00||Seoul, South Korea|
|Win||5–4 (1)||Jin Hee Kang||Decision (unanimous)||Road FC 037 XX||March 11, 2017||3||5:00||Seoul, South Korea|
|Win||4–4 (1)||Satsuki Kodama||Decision (unanimous)||Deep Jewels 15||February 25, 2017||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||3–4 (1)||Jin Hee Kang||Decision (unanimous)||Deep Jewels 14||November 2, 2016||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||2–4 (1)||Rin Nakai||TKO (elbows)||Pancrase 279||July 24, 2016||3||2:43||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||2–3 (1)||Brogan Walker||Decision (unanimous)||PXC 50||December 4, 2015||3||5:00||Mangilao, Guam|
|NC||2–2 (1)||Jessica-Rose Clark||No Contest||TTF Challenge 05||September 23, 2015||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan||Result overturned due to Clark missing weight.|
|Win||2–2||Slavka Vitaly||Decision (split)||Pancrase - 268||July 5, 2015||3||3:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||1–2||Sayako Fujita||KO (punch)||Real FC 2 - Zone & Real 2||October 16, 2015||2||2:06||Yokohama,Japan|
|Loss||0–2||Shizuka Sugiyama||Technical Submission (armbar)||Deep - Dream Impact 2014: Omisoka Special||December 31, 2014||1||4:06||Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||0–1||Su Jeong Lim||Decision (unanimous)||Revolution 2 - Start of the Revolution||September 12, 2014||2||5:00||Seoul, South Korea|
|43 fights||35 wins||8 losses|
|34||Loss||25–8–1||Choi Hyunmi||UD||10||2:00||Aug 15, 2013||Wolmido, Icheon||For WBA interim female super featherweight title|
|33||Win||25–7–1||Cristina Sanchez||UD||8||2:00||Mar 12, 2013||Korakuen Hall|
|32||Win||24–7–1||Bas Sor Tammajak||KO||2||1:10||Oct 28, 2012||Furukawa Sogo Gym, Osaki, Miyagi|
|31||Win||23–7–1||Cynthia Munoz||UD||6||2:00||Jul 11, 2012||Korakuen Hall, Tokyo|
|30||Loss||22–7–1||Jelena Mrdjenovich||UD||10||2:00||Sep 22, 2011||Korakuen Hall, Tokyo|
|29||Win||22–6–1||Chika Mizutani||KO||4||1:54||Apr 4, 2011||Korakuen Hall, Tokyo|
|28||Win||21–6–1||Bronwyn Wylie||UD||10||2:00||Sep 24, 2010||Korakuen Hall, Tokyo||Won vacant OPBF female lightweight title|
|27||Win||20–6–1||Lamduan Superchamps||KO||3||2:09||Apr 1, 2010||Korakuen Hall, Tokyo|
|26||Win||19–6–1||Pantip Muangubon||KO||4||1:48||Dec 6, 2009||ATC Hall, Osaka, Osaka, Japan|
|25||Loss||18–6–1||Layla McCarter||UD||10||2:00||Jul 3, 2009||South Point Hotel Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada||For WBA and GBU female lightweight titles|
|24||Loss||18–5–1||Olivia Gerula||SD||8||2:00||Mar 3, 2009||Korakuen Hall, Tokyo|
|23||Loss||18–4–1||Ann Saccurato||UD||10||2:00||Aug 11, 2008||Korakuen Hall, Tokyo||For vacant WBC female lightweight title|
|22||Win||18–3–1||Natalie Brown||MD||6||2:00||May 9, 2008||Korakuen Hall, Tokyo,|
|21||Win||17–3–1||Ann Saccurato||MD||10||2:00||Nov 10, 2007||Shinjuku FACE, Tokyo||Retained WIBA lightweight title|
|20||Loss||16–3–1||Jelena Mrdjenovich||UD||10||2:00||Apr 7, 2007||Shaw Conference Centre, Edmonton, Alberta||For WBC female super featherweight title|
|19||Win||16–2–1||Terri Blair||UD||10||2:00||Dec 15, 2006||Tokyo||Won vacant WIBA lightweight title|
|18||Win||15–2–1||Yoko Takahashi||KO||4||1:30||Jun 10, 2006||Shinjuku FACE|
|17||Win||14–2–1||Won-Mi Jung||UD||10||2:00||May 20, 2006||Jeongeup, South Korea||Won vacant IFBA super lightweight title|
|16||Win||13–2–1||Belinda Laracuente||PTS||8||2:00||Oct 1, 2005||Roppongi Velfarre, Tokyo|
|15||Loss||12–2–1||Chevelle Hallback||UD||10||2:00||Mar 13, 2005||Velfarre, Roppongi, Tokyo||Lost WIBA featherweight title|
|14||Win||12–1–1||Melissa Fiorentino||UD||10||2:00||Sep 18, 2004||Kyoto||Retained WIBA featherweight title|
|13||Win||11–1–1||Shelby Walker||TKO||2||1:59||May 23, 2004||Kyoto||Retained WIBA featherweight title|
|12||Win||10–1–1||Sharon Anyos||UD||10||2:00||Nov 30, 2003||Tokyo||Retained WIBA featherweight title|
|11||Win||9–1–1||Jeri Sitzes||MD||8||2:00||Jun 25, 2003||Tokyo|
|10||Win||8–1–1||Sharon Anyos||SD||10||2:00||Dec 18, 2002||Tokyo||Won WIBA featherweight title|
|9||Win||7–1–1||Lauren Bennett||TKO||2||0:27||Sep 7, 2002||Tokyo|
|8||Win||6–1–1||Mika Harikae||TKO||3||Jun 9, 2002||Tokyo|
|7||Loss||5–1–1||Layla McCarter||MD||8||2:00||Apr 29, 2002||Shimokita Town Hall, Tokyo|
|6||Win||5–0–1||Miki Kikukawa||UD||10||2:00||Feb 3, 2002||Shimokita Town Hall, Tokyo|
|5||Win||4–0–1||Mika Harikae||TKO||3||1:15||Jul 20, 2001||Shimokita Town Hall, Tokyo|
|4||Win||3–0–1||Miki Kikukawa||SD||6||2:00||Mar 2, 2001||Shimokita Town Hall, Tokyo|
|3||Win||2–0–1||Ann Jihe||MD||6||2:00||Dec 12, 2000||Shimokita Town Hall, Tokyo|
|2||Draw||1–0–1||Kaori Koizumi||MD||6||2:00||Sep 21, 2000||Shimokita Town Hall, Tokyo|
|1||Win||1–0||Keiko Onuma||TKO||3||1:17||May 8, 2000||Shimokita Town Hall, Tokyo|
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