Just a few moments ago at a press conference in Osaka it was announced that former 2-weight world champion Kazuto Ioka (15-1, 9) would be fighting against Venezuelan fighter Jean Piero Perez (20-7-1, 14) in what is, sadly, a disappointing announcement from the Ioka camp.
There had speculation all week that we would see Ioka battle against former IBF Light Flyweight world champion John Riel Casimero (20-2, 12) in what would have been a genuinely brilliant way to end the year for the Osakan fighter. Sadly Perez is a huge step down from Casimero with the Venezuelan fighter having lost 4 of his last 6, including his last two, both by stoppage. Saying that we know that Perez will be described as a "former WBA interim Flyweight champion" but those days are long gone and his short lived reign as an interim champion was more than 4 years ago, and it only lasted 5 months. For Ioka this will be a world title prelude and the hope is that he will get a Flyweight world title fight next year, that however won't take away the disappointment for this particular contest.
A second disappointing piece of news regarding the show is Ryo Miyazaki (21-1-3, 12) will not be fighting against IBF Light Flyweight champion Javier Mendoza (22-2-1, 18) as the rumours had suggested. Instead Miyazaki will be in action in an 8 round non-title bout with his opponent yet to be announce.
The one promising big of news regarding the show is that Sho Ishida (17-0, 9), the Japanese Super Flyweight champion, would be making his first defense of the title on this show. There was however no opponent announced for the talented national champion.
As for the much mooted bout between Super Bantamweight kingpin Guillermo Rigondeaux (14-0, 9) and OPBF Featherweight champion Hisashi Amagasa (28-4-2, 19), there was no confirmation nor denial about the contest which continues to be left as a big question mark. What is interesting though is that with Ioka facing Perez and with Miyazaki likely facing a weak opponent the money may well be their to pay Rigondeaux his reported purse of $500,000 dollars. Originally the purse for Rigondeaux seemed large though if the opponents have been done on the cheap for the two Osakan fighters then we would assume that money left in the kitty could be put towards the Cuban's purse.
There was also no confirmation about the Minimumweight title bout between Katsunari Takayama (27-7-0-1, 10) and Go Odaira (11-3-3, 1) which is also rumoured to have been agreed for this card nor the opponent of Tomomi Takano (6-1, 5) who announced that she would be in action on the show prior to it's official announcement.
For those interested in tickets they will become available at 10AM tomorrow, prices have yet to be announced however. The one rumour that was right however was the venue which will be the Bodymaker Colosseum, AKA the Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium, a venue that Ioka has made his boxing home in recent years.
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