On Wednesday Japanese fans will be getting a treat as they get two interesting looking world title bouts on TBS.
One of those bouts will see WBA Flyweight championKazuto Ioka (19-1, 11) [井岡一翔] defending his title against Nicaraguan challenger Keyvin Lara (18-1-1, 6). For Ioka the bout will be a third defense of his title, and could potentially set up a bout with Mexican Juan Francisco Estrada, with the two men having been told to negotiate on later this week.
Today those two men under-went their medical checks for the bout with both passing those checks with no issue. What was interesting however were the measurements given which show Ioka, who began his career as a Minimumweight, being the much bigger man naturally.
Ioka boasts more than 3cm in height advantage and exactly 2cm in reach advantage. Not only does he have those two advantages he also has a bigger chest and neck, suggesting that he's just the naturally bigger man overall.
Not only does Ioka boast the physical advantages, as shown from the medical, but he appears to have all the notable advantages coming into this bout. He's fighting in his boxing home at the EDION Arena Osaka, and it'll be his 18th bout in the arena, which is also known as the Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium and formerly the Bodymaker Colosseum. He's the experienced man taking part in his 13th world title bout and has twice as many rounds as the challenger. Despite the two men having the same number of career bouts.
Lara possibly has "youth on his side", at just 21 years old compared to Ioka 27 years, though he is less physically mature to the champion and is likely going to struggle in every facet with Ioka.