We are now just a couple of days away from the year ending WBO Super Flyweight world title bout, pitting champion Kazuto Ioka (25-2, 14) [井岡一翔] against unbeaten mandatory challenger Kosei Tanaka (15-0, 9) [田中恒成].
Today, ahead of their bout, the two men under-went the usual pre-fight medical screening and thankfully there was no issues found with either man. They also both under-went a PCR test.
In terms of physical measurements, there really wasn't much at all between the two men. Ioka had a 2cm reach advantage and was marginally, .2cm, the taller man. Interestingly Tanaka had a thicker neck, but Ioka's chest was significantly bigger than Tanaka's
Ioka, sporting cornrows because he's not wanting to cut his hair for the fight, spoke about having Ismael Salas by his side for the fight, and spoke about wanting to repay the support of fans who have been behind him.
He once again made it clear that he feels the bout is about levels and he came across as a man confident that this is going to be a rather easy bout. He added that he was in good condition and it seemed very much like he was going about this like he has any fight, and that there nothing special about this one.
Interestingly, when compared to his last fight, Ioka seems to have changed size slight, and his reach measurement is 2cm longer than it was a year ago, when he fought Jeyvier Cintron,
As for Tanaka he seemed pumped for the fight, and stated that he was in the best condition of his career, despite moving up in weight. He spoke about how is different physically to the man he was a year ago, when he stopped Wulan Tuolehazi, and it seemed really clear that he was focused on being 100% for this bout.
To prepare for the bout has pretty much had the Hatanaka Gym in Nagoya all to himself, with Kiyoshi Hatanaka closing the gym to everyone other than people Tanaka wanted there, and Tanaka has also added to his team.
In regarding the contest it's self he echoed comments that he has made repeatedly, stating that Ioka is a good fighter, that he thinks the fight will be a great one, that he was confident and that he was aiming for a KO.
As well as the details above there was no abnormalities found in checks on the chest, abdomen, pupils or reflexes.
The bout, in Tokyo, will be shown globally through channels like TBS in Japan, Boxnation in the UK, Fox Sports in Australia and ESPN channels in Latin America, though still has no US TV Outlet, meaning US fans have the choice of trawling through illegal streams or using a service like Isakura to watch the bout live.
For those wanting to go the Isakura route, a 3 day trial will need to be ordered at some point on December 30th as it can take up to 12 hours to get the details sent through. More details about Isakura can be found here.
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(Images courtesy of Ambition Gym)
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