Our Japanese sources have reported that unbeaten Japanese youngster Kazuto Ioka (14-0, 9) is hoping to make his return to the ring in May. Although no opponent has been named it does sound like Ioka doesn't want to fight a tune fight but instead wants to go straight in to a world title bout.
Although just a boxing baby Ioka has already become one of Japanese boxing's biggest names. He claimed the WBC Minimumweight title in his 7th professional contest, a national record, and later unified it with the WBA title before moving to Light Flyweight and becoming a 2-weight world champion.
If Ioka does, as planned, fight for a world title next he has the chance to join Koki Kameda as only the second Japanese fighter to be a 3-weight world champion*.
Unfortunately for Ioka the titles at Flyweight will all be very hard to get, especially for a fight in May.
The WBC belt will be tied up for the foreseeable future with champion Akira Yaegashi already having his next defense, in April, arranged and a probably bout with Roman Gonzalez in late summer. The IBF title will likely be "put on ice" whilst Amnat Ruenroeng waits for a possible super-money fight with Zou Shiming and Juan Francisco Estrada, the unified WBO/WBA super champion is a genuine monster who will be a very difficult proposition for Ioka.
This leads us to believe that Ioka's team are trying to lure over Argentina's Juan Carlos Reveco a man who he has been linked with for some time.
Reveco currently holds the WBA "regular title" and would almost certainly fight Ioka in Japan if the money was right. Reveco's a lesser champion than Estrada but a much more winnable match up for the Japanese 24 year old and also a very respectable opponent who should make for a fantastic fight.
Although we are speculating on Ioka v Reveco it's a bout that make a lot of sense and will likely be the best option out there for the Argentinian champion in terms of money. It's also a bout that would have fans on both sides of the world very excited,
(Picture courtesy of http://www.ioka-boxing.com/)
*By the time Ioka returns Hozumi Hasegawa may have already become Japan's second 3-weight world champion.
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