(JULY 17) I had the
opportunity to see the work of Asako Tonaril while I was in Japan
working the WBC Female Mini-Flyweight World Title fight in
Osaka, Japan, between Yuko Kuroki & Masae Akitaya.
I was totally impressed by her skills as a Referee!
At this present time, Asako is the only female working in
Japan as a Referee. When Asako, came in she was the second
female, other than another woman who is now is gone.
Asako is the only woman
standing, so to speak, in a total male dominated boxing
officials pool. I give her much props to hang in there in her
position, and to continue to grow amongst her peers and gain
that respect, to show she is just as good and qualified to be
working as a Pro Boxing Referee.
I asked Asako about her
background in the sport:
Stephen: What drew you to boxing?
I looked at the fight of "Tatsuyoshi Joichiro" one of the famous
world champions in Japan, and was attracted to the superhuman
movement of him and his skills. I was then interested in boxing.
Then, I read an article on Laila Ali, who was featured in
"ELLE". Too know that women were in professional
boxing, it made me want to become a
I fought as an amateur with a 3-3 record.
As a pro boxer, I had a 3-2-1 (2KO) record. I
retired from fighting professionally in 2013.
Asako added: To hear that JBC was recruiting a female referee, it was aspiring
to her to become a referee and judge with the Japan
"I became a referee and judge since February 28, 2015. As for now 10
bouts of the referee, I been a the judge of the 20 bouts.
I am the second female referee ever in Japan. I am now the only
active female referee in all of Japan. My goal is to
become a referee of world class status in the
world, added Asako.