The next on the Ioka conveyor belt appears to be teenage hopeful Takeru Kamikubo who recently recorded his 7th win in just 9 months as he over-came Masaki Hirai.
The bout was a big step up for Osakan prospect who had been facing very weak opponents despite the step up Kamikubo quickly warmed to the task and showed some similar traits to those we've seen in Sho Ishida and Masayoshi Nakatani. The sharp busy jab, the lovely movement, the wonderfully utilised uppercuts and the lovely variety of work. We won't pretend this was a perfect performance from the 18 year old but it was an impressive one for the most part from someone we suspect will go on to win titles in the coming years.
(Video courtesy of nov K)