Although we've not been given weights for the main event, between Ioka and Colombian foe Pablo Carrillo (15-2-1, 8), we have been assured both men have made weight successfully.
Whilst we had no doubt about them making weight we were startled to see the men pictured together with Ioka literally towering over his Colombian foe. Apparently there is 4.5" of height difference between the two men, though it looks significantly more.
Ioka is a big favourite going into this bout and the general view from his camp is that a win here will be followed by a world title fight later this year, as Ioka attempts to become a 3 weight world champion.
Although the underdog Carrillo is said to be full of confidence and is riding a 6 fight winning streak following back-to-back losses to Luis Concepcion. He knows that he's being over-looked and knows that if he can spring the upset he may find himself getting a world title fight early next year.
From what we understand if Ioka, and stablemate Miyazaki, both win on this show they will be matched for world titles in December, possibly on New Years Eve.
A notable bit of trivia about this fight. It's the first non-world title fight for Ioka since February 2011, ending a run of 9 successive world title bouts, an amazing stat for a man fighting in just his 16th professional contest.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)