Kazuto Ioka, Akira Yaegashi Ready To Unify, Go To War
By Hisao Adachi
The Ioka Boxing Gym will organize a historic boxing event on June 20 at the Bodymaker Colosseum (Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium) in the city of Osaka. In the main event, there will be a unification of two strawweight (minimumweight) world titles. The sensational undefeated world champion, WBC king Kazuto Ioka (9-0, 6KOs, 23 years old and from the Ioka Boxing Gym in Osaka), unifies with WBA world champion Akira Yaegashi (15-2, 8KOs, 29 years of age and from the Ohashi Boxing Gym in the city of Yokohama).
It is the first time in Japanese boxing history where a unification bout is made between two world champions from different sanctioning bodies in the same weight division.
Among the local experts, Ioka is a favorite in the fight and most consider him a superstar in the making. Last February, he stopped Thai boxer Oleydong Sithsamerchai and captured the WBC world title in his seventh pro fight - breaking the Japanese record of Jyoichiro Tatsuyoshi.
Ioka said - "I will do my best to get a decisive victory over Akira Yaegashi. I can say the fight could end quickly for me."
This should be a very good fight, I think Ioka is the more skilled fighter of the two and I'm picking him to win but Yaegashi will be there every step of the way.Comment by any craic lad? on 06-16-2012
Lets go Ioka great too see two Japanese champs fightingComment by El Angel on 06-16-2012
After Yaegashi's FOTY canidate last year, this should be a barn burner.Comment by Mastrangelo on 06-16-2012
[QUOTE=koji mizuhara;12249473][B]Ioka is [/B]younger, [B]faster,[/B] better technician. Yaegashi got more toughness and experience. Both of them are entertaining fighters. This is what good match up is.[/QUOTE] I'd argue with that, honesty I don't think there's anyone faster than (fresh) Yaegashi…Comment by Cloud on 06-16-2012
Japanese fight posters are the greatest ever. What I hate about this is that nobody, other than real hardcore fans, gives a flying f[B]uc[/B]k about this fight. Bradley-Pacman the biggest fight of the year...yeah, whatever. I've been looking forward to…Post a Comment/View More User Comments (8)