It's been a busy day in Osaka. Not only was there a card, featuring a Japanese title fight, but there was also an public training session featuring one of the true stars of Japanese boxing.
That training session was the one featuring Kazuto Ioka (16-1, 10), who is putting the finishing touches to his preparations for next weeks fight with Argentinian fighter Juan Carlos Reveco (35-1, 19), the current WBA Flyweight champion.
Ioka spent a part of the session sparring with stablemate, and good friend, Ryo Miyazaki with the two men sharing a couple of rounds together. That spar showed Ioka impressing with his jab and movement, two things that he's viewing as being vital if he's going to over-come Reveco. It seems that the Japanese challenger knows Reveco is a dangerous fighter when you allow him to fight at his pace and instead will be making the most of a busy jab in an attempt to upset his rhythm.
According to the comments made to the media Ioka is in perfect condition and it seems that not only is he confident but also that he's finally filled into a real Flyweight. In the past he's always looked small at the weight, but he now looks like he's a fully fledged fighter at 112lbs and will be hoping that that helps him become the fastest man, in history, to become a 3-weight world champion.
Ioka and Reveco battle in make or break fight! (Preview)
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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