Kazuto Ioka plans first defense in the fall, hopes to have unification bouts, wants record recognised by Guinness , scorecards released
On Wednesday we saw Japanese star Kazuto Ioka (17-1, 10) successfully claim the WBA Flyweight title to become a 3 weight world champion. Since then Ioka has held a press conference and various other things have been revealed.
Among those things have been announced is that Ioka is hoping to make the first defense of his title in the fall. We're expecting that to be one of two bouts Ioka has before now and the end of the year with the youngster almost certain to make an appearance on December 31st as part of TBS's end of year celebrations.
Ioka said he will be hunting unification bouts with the 3 other champions at the weight. That means he's looking to avenge his loss to IBF champion Amnat Ruenroeng (15-0, 5), as well bouts with Mexican star Juan Francisco Estrada (32-2, 26), who currently holds the WBA "super" and WBO titles, and a bout with unbeaten Nicaraguan sensation Roman Gonzalez (42-0, 26). Of those it would seem unlikely that any of them come in the fall though a December bout with any of them would be possible however Amnat is the #1 target.
The Ioka team have also said that they are hoping to get Ioka's achievement of becoming the "fastest" 3-weight world champion recognised by the Guinness book of records. His 18 fights to achieve the feat looks like it's the fewest with previous record presumably being the 20 fights it took Jeff Fenech in the 1980's.
Although TV figures haven't been released for Ioka's bout with Juan Carlos Reveco (35-2, 19) the early reports are that the bout was highly watched with figures being very impressive.
Whilst the TV figures haven't been released in full we have seen the scorecards for his bout with Reveco which have been published by the WBA and can be seen below.
For those who missed the bout it's available, in full, here.
(Images courtesy of boxingnews.jp-above and wbanews.com-below)
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