Ioka and Yaegashi Make Weight, Prepare For a War

By Hisao Adachi

The weights are in for tomorrow's history making event in Japan. The first ever title unification in Japan, with the WBC and WBA strawweight champions facing off at the Bodymaker Colosseum (Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium former) in the city of Osaka. Undefeated WBC world champion Kazuto Ioka (9-0, 6KOs, 23 years old and Ioka Boxing Gym Osaka) will collide with the world champion of the WBA, Akira Yaegashi (15-2/8KOs of 29 years age and Ohashi Boxing Gym in the city of Yokohama).

This duel has captured the attention of the Japanese public, since it is the first time in boxing history that two Japanese fighters, who are champions under different sanctioning organizations, are going to have a unification fight in the same weight division.

Ioka and Yaegashi easily made weight. The WBC champion came in at 47.6 kilograms [104.9-pounds], just under the weight limit. And the king of the WBA came in at 47.5 kilograms [104.7-pounds]. More than 250 fans were present at the weigh-in.

Both boxers were examined by a doctor and no problems were detected for either fighter.

The referee of this fight will be the Japan's Yuji Fukuchi. The three judges will be Japan's Toshio Sugiyama, America's Carlos Sucre, and Thailand's Anek Hongtongkam.
Both fighters will wear Winning gloves, a popular Japanese brand.
The fight will be fought under the open scoring system of WBC. The WBA's regulations are also in affect, in particular if a boxer is dropped three times in the same round the fight will end with an automatic TKO. One judge is from the WBC, while the other two judges are from the WBA.

Mr. Ken Morita, the general secretary of the Japanese Boxing Commission, confesses that the winner of this unification bout will be forced to abandon one of the two titles within ten days after the bout, under the terms of a pre-fight agreement.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Japanese Boxing on 06-20-2012

Yaegashi is a ****ing warrior. His eye was done after the 5th and he still came and put up one hell of a fight.

Comment by Kagami Taiga on 06-20-2012

[QUOTE=hougigo;12262413]The face doesn't lie.... Yaegashi was pretty active though[/QUOTE] he was and he fought like a champ even tho he probably couldnt see. i knew itd be tough for ioka, but the kid is a japanese prodigy. im not sure…

Comment by Hougigo on 06-20-2012

[QUOTE=DempseyRollin;12262408]oh was a close fight. a lot of close rounds. i gave most to ioka because he landed the more effective blows.[/QUOTE] The face doesn't lie.... Yaegashi was pretty active though

Comment by Kagami Taiga on 06-20-2012

[QUOTE=hougigo;12262405]One of them was 114-115... I think somebody scored a round even or something[/QUOTE] oh was a close fight. a lot of close rounds. i gave most to ioka because he landed the more effective blows.

Comment by CineScape on 06-20-2012

I gave Yaegashi rds 2,4,5,10, and 12 I gave Ioka rds 1,3,6,7,8,9, and 11

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