Today, following that announcement, the Ioka gym held a press conference in Osaka to talk about the contest, Ishida's chances and Yafai's ability.
Ishida stated that he'shappy to get his chance and he doesn't mind that the fight is away from Japan, in what will actually be his international debut. In regard to Yafai he spoke about the champion's unbeaten record and stated that he would watch footage of the British fighter with gym chairman Kazunori Ioka.
Ioka seemed a little bit annoyed at the relatively short notice of the fight and the travel required for it, which has seen him cancel a previously arranged contest for Ishida for next week in what was planned to be a stay busy fight against a limited foe. But he still seemed to feellike his man would come out on top and claim the title.
Notably it seems like nothing was reported from the media regarding Kazunori's son and current WBA Flyweight champion Kazuto Ioka (22-1, 13).
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