Shootboxing has finally started to release some information about this year's Girls S-Cup and it is rather enticing.
At a press conference earlier today, it was announced that the 2012 Girls S-Cup would be contested at 51kg and would feature 2-time Girls S-Cup champion and RISE 48kg Queen RENA, 2011 Girls S-Cup Japan Qualifying tournament champion Erika Kamimura and 2011 Girls S-Cup Japan Qualifying tournament runner-up Seo Hee Ham. Shootboxing president Cesar Takeshi also said he would like to bring in talent from Australia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, the US and Thailand to round out the field, as he has done in the previous Girls S-Cups. Possible choices are Zaza Sor. Aree from Thailand, though she hasn't been very successful in Shootboxing previously. From the US, Jessica Penne has a good shot as she holds a win over RENA from last year, as well as 2010 semi-finalist Kate Martinez who beat the aforementioned Zaza Sor. Aree in the opening round of the 2010 S-Cup. The three announced fighters already make a good field and provide the chance for a third fight between Kamimura and Ham and a second fight between RENA and Kamimura, though if it does not happen in this tournament, it is already set for RISE, as Kamimura's most recent victory over Ham gave her the right to challenge RENA again. A notable name excluded from this year's tournament is 2009 finalist and 2010 semi-finalist VV.Mei (Yamaguchi), though she will compete on the card in a single fight.
This card will also feature the finals of the 53.5kg Girls S-Cup, a rematch between Shootboxing Flyweight champion Ai Takahashi and 17 year old Mizuki Inoue. The two first met in February with Inoue stunning everyone by taking an extension round decision over the Shootboxing champ. Both fighters were given favorable semifinals, with Inoue stopping MINA back in April and Takahashi taking a decision over Rio Kamikaze in June. I give a slight edge to Takahashi in the rematch as she has more experience and Inoue is also an MMA fighter, so her game might not be as focused on Shootboxing as Takahashi's.
This card will also feature the semifinals and finals of the JKS48 tournament, which is somewhat like the K-1 Koshien tournament as it is a tournament designed for high school students. The four semifinalists are RENA's younger sister MIO, Kanako Otsuka, Akari eneos, and Yusa.
Finally, set for single fights are VV.Mei, Rio Kamikaze, MINA, Emi Fujino and Miyo Yoshida.