Somethings in boxing are leaked weeks before officially being announced, others are a shock that come out of left field with next to no leaks or rumours. Today one of the worst kept secrets was officially announced.
That announcement came at an Ioka gym press conference at which it was announced that Kazuto Ioka (16-1, 10) would be facing WBA Flyweight champion Juan Carlos Reveco (35-1, 19) at the Bodymaker Colosseum in Osaka. The announcement, which was expected much earlier, merely confirmed what Spanish press, the WBA and various sites, including ourselves, had already reported.
The hold up in the announcement was the bout, or the fighters involved in it. It was the other negotiations for the card. The hope was the Ioka gym would manage to net a second world title fight for the show with either Ryo Miyazaki (22-1-3, 13) or Sho Ishida (18-0, 10) the favoured options. Sadly Ioka were unable to secure either man a shot and have been left with just the single world title fight. However it was announced that Ishida would be defending his Japanese Super Flyweight title against Taiki Eto (14-3, 10) in a Champion Carnival bout.
Whilst the undercard is likely to be disappointing over-all the main event is a solid match up and will see Ioka have a second shot at becoming a 3-weight world champion. If he can manage it he'll become the "fastest" man to claim 3 divisional world titles, breaking a 27 year record of Jeff Fenech who claimed 3 divisional world titles in his 20th professional bout.
As for the bout it's a toughy but Ioka does appear to be confident ahead of the bout. He's said there is no anxiety over the bout and has said that he expects to win. There is , however, the fear from fans that he may not yet be a fully fledged Flyweight, something Reveco certainly is.
Have the WBA let the cat out the bag? Ioka Vs Reveco really is April 22nd?
Ioka Gym preparing for a world title double header?
Kazuto Ioka to fight Juan Carlos Reveco on April 22nd?
(Image courtesy of http://ameblo.jp/ioka/)
*Thanks to Rian Scalia for spotting the mistake in the original publication of this article
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