Speculation regarding the future of Kazuto Ioka (14-1, 9) is rife with rumours though the most interesting of those rumours is one that has been lingering for not just a few weeks but for months. That's the rumour suggesting that Ioka's next bout will be against WBA Flyweight champion Juan Carlos Reveco (34-1, 18), a man who is high demand if all the rumours are to be true.
When Ioka first spoke about going to Flyweight his name was immediately linked to Reveco. At that point in time it seemed almost certain that Ioka would make his debut at Flyweight against the Argentinian. Instead however Ioka took a different option and challenged Thailand's Amnat Ruenroeng (13-0, 5) for the IBF title, and suffered the first defeat of his career.
Immediately after the loss it seemed that Ioka simply wasn't ready for the Flyweight kings and would take another fight to get fully conditioned to the weight. Since then though we've heard that the plans of the Ioka team have changed and a fight with Reveco is beginning to interest them in a big way.
Interestingly we saw Reveco struggle badly with former Ioka foe Felix Alvarado this past Friday. The fact Revco was given such a tough test by Alvarado would suggest Ioka would have an excellent chance against the Argentinian. Not only was that bout a hint at a possible Ioka/Reveco bout but so to were this months WBA rankings which had seen Ioka shoot up 5 places, jumping from #10 to #5. On paper a #5 ranking to ensure anything but with a number of top contenders now having arrangements for the near future Ioka is one of the few who is free, a draw and can offer up good sums of money to get Reveco to travel.
Of course Reveco wouldn't have to fight Ioka though we would imagine the money that the Ioka team and TBS would offer would be very hard to turn down and would be considerably more than what Reveco would get if he faced #1 challenger Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep (34-2, 20). Not many of the WBA top 15 have real drawing power and those that due, such as Roman Gonzalez, Giovani Segura and Brian Viloria are all unlikely to be targeting Reveco at any point this year.
We've got to admit that this speculation but we'd not be shocked if the Ioka team was already putting forward their proposal to Reveco's team to try and get a fight between the two men for either September or late December.
(Image courtesy of WBA Boxing)
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