Tomorrow we will see WBA Flyweight champion Kazuto Ioka (19-1, 11) [井岡一翔] defending his title against Nicaraguan challenger Keyvin Lara (18-1-1, 6) in a voluntary defence by the popular Osakan. Ioka, looking for a third defense of the title, knows that a potential divisional super-fight is just around the corner if he can score a much expected victory over Lara.
Today the weigh for the two men took place and on the scales Ioka was the heavier man, something that had been expected given that we had had been bigger in almost every dimension at the physical and looked bigger when the men stood side by side. On the scales the champion was 112lbs, bang on the limit. For the second fight running he looked like a genuine Flyweight and not just a man filling in to his body.
As for Lara he was just under the limit at 111.8lbs, despite being close to the limit he looked much smaller than Ioka and is unlikely to pose a physical threat to the champion. What he is, however, is confident and has won his last 18 bouts, he'll also know there is no pressure on him given that he's travelled to Osaka for the bout, however he is confident and claimed he was going to be taking the belt back to Nicaragua with him.
The fight, which will be shown live on TBS will be shown along with the really intriguing bout between Shingo Wake and Jonathan Guzman, with the broadcast starting at 8pm local time.
Ioka looks to continue reign as he takes on little known Lara
(image courtesy of daily.co.jp)
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