Earlier today at the at the K's Box Ebisu gym the press were able to attend a special press conference to announce that OPBF and JBC female Bantamweight champion Miyo Yoshida (12-1) [吉田 実代] would be getting a world title fight.
The in form fighter, who has won her last 8, announced that should be fighting for the WBO Female Super Flyweight title on June 19th, as part of the Kazuto Ioka (23-2, 13) [井岡一翔] Vs Aston Palicte (25-2-1, 21) under-card in Chiba.
Not only is Yoshida getting a world title fight, but she's getting a very winnable one, as she takes on 35 year old Casey Morton (8-1-3, 1), who was beaten last December by Jutamas Jitpong in China.
The bout is a really interesting support bout for the Chiba card, and one that Yoshida really seems up for, despite needing to cut more weight than usual.
The once beaten Yoshida, a single mother, has stated that making Super Flyweight shouldn't bee an issue though she did reveal that she will be spending more time away from her than usual, and it did seem like that was on her mind more than the weight issues, for what will clearly be a career defining fight.
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Back in March news broke that we would be getting a Super Flyweight world title bout between Kazuto Ioka (23-2, 13) [井岡一翔] and Aston Palicte (25-2-1, 21) in the summer. Today, finally, saw all the details being officially announced for the card, and they match up with Nick Skok's report for Ring Magazine from March, as opposed to Dan Rafael's more recent report for ESPN.
As Mr Skok reported the bout will indeed be in Chiba, at the Makuhari Messe and not in Osaka, where Rafael reported the bout would be.
As widely reported the bout will take place on June 19th, which is a Wednesday though Ioka has often fought during the week time in his career, and will be televised by TBS in Japan, with UFC Fight Pass expected to show the bout to a US audience as part of their deal with Palicte's promoter Roy Jones Jr.
Today Ioka attended a press conference to confirm the the contest and speak about the contest, which will be his first in Japan for more than 2 years. He told the press "I was surprised that the world battle can be done in the resurgence. I want to show the appearance of growing in the Japanese ring after a long time." And he seemed genuinely excited to be able to fight back in Japan, something he's only been allowed to do since signing up with the Dangan gym recently.
At the moment it's unclear if Boxing Raise will have some form of footage from this card, though it seems unlikely, and whilst the main event was confirmed today there has been no details of the under-card as of yet.
For those wanting to read Nick Skok's report from last month that's available here.
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Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall Japanese fight fans had the chance to see the hugely popular former 3 weight world champion Akira Yaegashi (28-6, 16) [八重樫 東] score his latest win, stopping Thai youngster Sahaphap Bunop (4-3, 3) in 2 rounds.
The 36 year old Yaegashi, who is looking to secure himself a Super Flyweight world title fight, got behind his jab early on and controlled the distance well in the opening round. In the second round he dropped the Thai with a right hand and whilst the Thai did get up he wasn't up for long, being dropped twice more more, before being stopped at 2:25 of round 2.
The rumour from Japan is that Yaegashi will be targeting either between Kazuto Ioka (23-2, 13) [井岡一翔], if he over-comes Aston Palicte (25-2-1, 21) and claims the WBO Super Flyweight title in June, or WBC champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (47-4-1, 41) [ศรีสะเกษ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น], who Yaegashi does hold a win against. He would likely be the clear under-dog against either, but few can begrudge him one last big fight, even if few would would give him a chance of winning.
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week, will apparently fall on June 19th and be shown on UFC Fight Pass, who work with Palicte's promoter.
On paper it does seem off to have a bout of this nature on a Wednesday, but in Japan's that not actually that rare with a number of Ioka's bouts falling in mid-week, including wins over Keyvin Lara and the first bout with Juan Carlos and his loss to Amnat Ruenroeng. What seems more notable is having UFC fight pass onside giving the bout a notable audience in the West.
As the bout hasn't yet been officially confirmed there hasn't been a Japanese broadcaster announced for it, but Ioka has long worked with TBS who would likely be showing this one, and doing so live given that Ioka is a massive star in Japan and a regularly a solid ratings draw on the channel.
The news out of Japan earlier this week is that an announcement is set for the next week or so, they are just waiting on the JBC to give clearance to Ioka getting a license through the Dangan gym, which seems like a formality.
Earlier today in Japan former 3 weight world champion Kazuto Ioka (23-2, 13) [井岡一翔] has announced that he has applied to signed a deal with a Japanese gym, allowing him to fight as a JBC licensed fighter for the first time since 2017, when he beat Noknoi Sitthiprasert.
The fighter, who was once based at his father's gym in Osaka, announced that he will be linking up with the reason gym in Saitama, in what seems to be less a deal of promotional backing and more about allowing him to fight in Japan and contribute to boxing in Japan.
At today press conference the fighter stated "I think the command will be coming soon. It will move in the direction of Tokyo in around June" [Translated], essentially admitting that this is left with the JBC to sign off on, though there isn't likely to be any issues.
The fighter also added "Rather than continue in the current state, JBC will also be indebted to Reason Daiki Gym for JBC. Contributing to Japanese boxing rather than going in this form Feeling that I want to do something, if I can tell you what I am doing in Japan. In order to make it an option to fight in the domestic ring, according to the existing rules, the talk was settled as the gym belonging. From now on, he owns professional licenses from both Japan and the United States. I will go back and forth from home and abroad and repeat games and exercises." [Translated]
Since leaving the gym of his father, back in 2017, Ioka has fought twice. Once in the US, promoted by Tom Loeffler, and once in Macau, where gaming machine maker " SANKYO " essentially secured the bout and acted as the promoter.
This announcement suggests that his rumoured bout with Aston Palicte (25-2-1, 21) for the WBO Super Flyweight title, is likely to take place in Japan in the summer. In theory it would still likely be backed, financially, by TBS, but there's then the possibility of it appearing on Boxing Raise, who have yet to show a male world title bout. One thing that is clear is that this opens major doors back home for Ioka and his fans.
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