A sign of a true great is wanting to avenge your losses. Many fighters have managed to prove their greatness by doing just that. Japan's Kazuto Ioka (14-1, 9) has indicated that is something he wants to do and has said that if he wins his upcoming bout against Pablo Carrillo (15-2-1, 8) he wants a rematch with IBF Flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng (14-0, 5), who beat him by decision earlier this year.
Ioka is targeting the rematch with the Thai for New Year's Eve in an attempt to become a 3 weight world champion in just 17 fights! Notableyhowever is the fact that he's not the only one interested in a bout later this year with Ruenroeng.
From what we understand Ioka's compatriot, and fellow young super-stud, Naoya Inoue (7-0, 6) has also indicated that he wants a fight with Ruenroeng with the bout possibly being made for early December. If Inoue and the Ohashi Gym can arrange it, and literally pinch Ruenroeng from under-the-nose of Ioka, then Inoue will become the quickest fighter in history to become a 2-weight world champion, breaking the 9 fight record of Scotland's Paul Weir.
It also needs noting that there has been a lot of discussion about Ruenroeng fighting former amateur rival, and Chinese superstar, Zou Shiming (5-0, 1) at some point in 2015. That bout is one that has been spoken about and teased for a while though appears to be slowly slipping away.
At the moment it is clear Ruenroeng is a man in demand. Plenty of fighters are seeing him as the weak link at Flyweight and despite being a nightmare to fight he knows fighters don't fear him. What he also knows is that being in demand allows him to play the sides off against each other and it's likely he'll accept a fight with who ever is willing to offer the most money.
Whilst Ruenroeng appears to be the first choice for both Ioka and Inoue it's likely the the "loser" will chase a bout with the winner of the upcoming WBA title bout between Juan Carlos Reveco and Thailand's Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep. The winner of the Reveco/Yodmongkol bout might not be available as early as Ruenroeng but will certainly be available early next year.
(Image, of Ruenroeng, courtesy of boxrec.com)
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