The WBA ordered negotiations between the two camps on July 31st, giving them 30 days to agree terms for a bout before they would be calling purse bids.
The rules of the WBA dictate that a champion must make a mandatory every 9 months, and the last by Ioka was December 31st 2016, when he stopped Thai teenager Stamp Kiatniwat. That would mean that the WBA are hoping to see this bout being fought by the end of September.
From what we understand the Ioka team will be looking to get the terms for the bout agreed swiftly, and will be hoping to add it to the September 13th card, which would become a triple title show with the bout joining Yukinori Oguni's (19-1-1, 7) [小國 以載] mandatory IBF Super Bantamweight title fight against Ryosuke Iwasa (23-2, 15) [岩佐 亮佑] and the WBO Light Flyweight title fight between Kosei Tanaka (9-0, 5) [田中恒成] and Thai contender Palangpol CP Freshmart (14-1, 8) [คู่เอก พลังพล ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท]. There is however going to be a real race to get the bout signed and sealed by then.
If the bout is added to the card it would make for a very tasty triple title show, and help TBS plan for their next December show.
For Ioka the bout with Dalakian will be his 6th defense of the WBA Flyweight title, whilst Dalakian will be taking a huge step up for his for his first world title bout. Although relatively unknown he has been stringing together defenses of the WBA Continental Flyweight title over the last 2 years, beating the likes of Robert Kanalas and Jozsef Ajtai, with his most notable win being a stoppage over veteran Silvio Olteanu. It's hardly preparation for Ioka, but he is a solid fighter and should be a hungry challenger for the Japanese body snatcher.