A story in one of the Japanese papers has hinted at the imminent return to the ring of former 2-weight world champion Kazuto Ioka (14-1, 9) and former WBA Minimumweight champion Ryo Miyazaki (20-1-3, 11).
The two men, who took part in a pro-am training sessions on Monday have been linked by the paper to return in the fall. No specific details of their returns have been mentioned though it sounds like they will be sharing a card together with neither man fighting for a title of any kind.
Ioka, who was last seen in a ring losing to IBF Flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng, will almost certainly be using the bout to test himself at Flyweight again rather than dropping back to Light Flyweight. As for Miyazaki, who was last seen getting stopped by Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr on New Years Eve, things are a little more complicated and he may be fighting at 112lbs, 108lb or even as high at 115lbs depending on what weight he feels he can make with out the issues that plagued him at the end of last year.
We've not heard anything about TV either though we would assume that TBS would be showing the action though possibly on tape delay.
Whilst the lack of details is frustrating we do need to feel at least a little bit happy that both men are being linked to returns soon as it appeared they had dropped away from boxing for a while.
Another point made by the paper was that Ioka was going to be looking for another title fight with the earliest date being "the end of the year". This could that mean Ioka will feature a 4th successive New Years Eve though we'd actually expect him to have to wait until 2015 before getting another world title bout.
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