Earlier today the WBA announced that they were ordering a rematch of the WBA "regular" Flyweight title bout between Kazuto Ioka (17-1, 10) and Juan Carlos Reveco (35-2, 19). The announcement stated that the WBA had informed the parties of both fighters that they had a 30 day negotiation period before purse bids would be called, with a 60-40 split in favour of Ioka.
Reveco's team had filed a complaint regarding the result of their memorable bout in April and those complaints have, according to the WBA, had merit enough to order this rematch under rule c.26 (which can be read in full below).
The original bout was ruled a majority win for Ioka, with scores of 116-113, 115-113 and 114-114. Some did complain about the result, with Ring TV's Diego Morilla describing the result as "controversial" (Diego's piece can be found here), whilst others, such as boxingscene's Jake Donovan, actually had the bout wider in favour of Ioka at 116-112 (Jake's piece can be found here).
Although the WBA's ruling does taint Ioka's victory we'll not complain too much given the original fight was one of the best we've seen this year and the two men did appear to be very matched.
For those who missed the bout it can be seen in full here.
(Image and rule, as seen below, courtesy of the WBA)
(Note Jake and Diego's pieces are hosted externally)
c.26. Contested Decisions.
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