On December 31st we had a WBO Super Flyweight world title bout that saw Donnie Nietes (42-1-5, 23) take a razor thin decision over between Kazuto Ioka (23-2, 13) [井岡一翔]. Following the bout there was some question marks about Ioka's future. Thankfully it appears that his future is to remain active and that there are options on the table for the former 3 weight world champion, though nothing is set in stone for his next bout.
According to the Japanese boxing media Ioka could return in March in the US as part of Superfly 4, which is expected to take place in LA or New York, or he could fight in Japan, also in the Spring, with another world title bout being eyed for the Japanese fighter before the end of the year.
It seems like his team haven't ruled out trying to secure a rematch with Nietes, or pursuing fights with any of the other 3 champions, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, Jerwin Ancajas and Kal Yafai.
Ioka himself stated that he would continue, and that his challenge is to become a 4 weight champion.
At the moment Ioka is stuck with a few things. The broadcaster of the first 3 Superfly shows, HBO, have left boxing leaving him without a US broadcaster and he's currently unable to fight in Japan due to his licensing situation, though that could be changed relatively easily in the future. TBS are known to back him, and back him strongly, and getting a fight on US soil would secure TBS a good ratings success, for what would be his first bout in the country since 2017. Likewise their nothing stopping the Superfly series from being picked up by one of the numerous other platforms entering the boxing market, such as DAZN or ESPN+
On New Year's Eve TBS showed the WBO Super Flyweight world title bout between Kazuto Ioka (23-2, 13) [井岡一翔] and Donnie Nietes (42-1-5, 23), which saw Nietes take a controversial decision to become a 4-weight world champion.
The bout was part of a strange hybrid broadcast with "Sasuke 2018", and today the ratings for the entire show was released, in 3 parts.
The show was broken into various parts for the TV rating, all of which are averages and not a peak number, starting at 6.5%, rising to 6.9% for parts 2 and 3 in the Kanto region. In Kansai it was 4.2% for the first part, rising to 4.8% and then topping off at 5.9%.
We've not go specific details on which part correlates to what was being shown, though out understanding is that the middle portion of the show was the Ioka Vs Neites bout.
A 6.9% rating in Kanto is around 3,000,000 people whilst a 4.8% in Kansai is just over 1,000,000 and 5.9% in Kansai is around 1,350,000. We suspect these will be disappointing numbers for TBS, who sadly dropped their traditional Kyokugen show for Sasuke 2018.
Interestingly Rizin 14, on Fuji TV on New Year's Eve, reportedly got 7.5% in Kanto and 8.2% in Kansai, accounting for around 5,110,000 viewers for the exhibition bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Tenshin Nasukawa.
Earlier this week British bookies began taking bets on the upcoming WBO Super Flyweight world title bout between Kazuto Ioka (23-1, 13) [井岡一翔] and Donnie Nietes (41-1-5, 23). When the market opened Nietes was the slight betting favourite, though money quickly on Ioka to take him to the slight favourite, in what was viewed as a 50-50 bout.
Now we've seen even more money put on to the Japanese fighter who has become the very clear favourite with the bookies.
Ioka opened at Evens and within about 24 hours he was bet down to 4/5. As we write this now British bookies have got him at best priced at 8/13, with one book maker actually pricing him at 4/9 due to the volume of money that has been placed on him. That is a remarkable shortening of his price in just a couple of days and we're expecting to see it move even shorter by fight time as money continues to go on the Japanese fighter.
Nietes, who opened at 8/11, had gone out to 6/5 yesterday and is now available at 24/13, a huge difference as gamblers have avoided going with the Filipino veteran.
Interestingly a similar thing, although less drastic, has been seen in the WBA Light Flyweight "Super" title bout between Hekkie Budler (32-3, 10) and Hiroto Kyoguchi (11-0, 8) [京口 紘人].
Kyoguchi was the slight betting favourite when the market was opened, at 4/6, with Budler priced at 6/5. As we write this Kyoguchi is still best priced at 4/6, but some have him at 3/8, whilst Budler is available as high as 19/10, significantly better value than he opened at.
With these fights set to take place in about 12 hours it's going to be interesting to see if the change in odds, were a change in the correct direction.
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The main event of tomorrow's big show in Macau will see Kazuto Ioka (23-1, 13) [井岡一翔] and Donnie Nietes (41-1-5, 23) both fight to become a 4 division champion, as they battle for the vacant WBO Super Flyweight title.
Today the two men took part in the weigh in for their bout, and both men made weight, in fact both men came in on the 115lb limit for the bout.
At the weigh in Ioka stated that he was in perfect condition and that he wants to create history tomorrow, relating to the fact that if he wins he will be the first Japanese man to become a 4 weight champion.
Nietes looked confident, and it kinda seemed like he had been here before and seen it all. He certainly showed a veterans mentality and appeared very calm.
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Yesterday we reported that British bookies had began taking bets on Monday's WBO Super Flyweight clash between Kazuto Ioka (23-1, 13) [井岡一翔] and Donnie Nietes (41-1-5, 23). When the markets opened they favour the Filipino veteran, who had opened as an 8/11 favourite, with Ioka priced at evens.
Since then more bookies have began taking bets on the fight, and we've seen quite a bit of money being put on the bout, so much so that Ioka is not the favourite in the UK.
Ioka has been bet down from Evens to 4/5 in the UK, with money still going on the Japanese fighter. As for the Filipino he has drifted from 8/11 to 6/5.
Interestingly the market hasn't yet shifted in Poland, where Nietes is still 7/10 and Ioka is 9/10.
We suspect by fight time, on Monday morning, the odds will have changed pretty significantly, with the weigh in tomorrow likely to have a big impact on how things looks as we head towards fight time.
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