Advertisement
Advertisement

Kazuto Ioka Stops Kwanthai Sithmorseng In Seven

By Jake Donovan 

Kazuto Ioka recorded the second successful defense of his 108 lb. title with a 7th round stoppage of Kwanthai Sithmorseng in their main event Wednesday evening in Osaka, Japan. 

The outcome was never in doubt, and not just because viewers were watching via one-hour tape delay on TBS Japan. Ioka was a heavy favorite heading into the bout, as his level of competition since moving up in weight is a considerable dropoff from his reign of terror as a strawweight titlist.

Action began slow, with Ioka picking his spots and showing no fear of the incoming. Sithmorseng boasts a modest knockout-to-win ratio, which suggests minimal power considering his largely unimpressive resumé. The closest the visiting Thai came to winning a round came in an aggressive third, when Ioka played defense while preserving his energy for later in the fight. 

In retrospect, it appeared as if the defending titlist was hoping to avoid an early rout without actually having to carry his opponent. The intensity picked up in round four, as Sithmorseng could provide little more than a brave showing. Ioka landed at will until finishing off his challenger with a combination late in the 7th round. A double left hook - first to the body and then upstairs - put Sithmorseng down and out at 2:17 of round seven.

The win is Ioka's third straight knockout since moving up to the 108 lb. division late last year as he improves to 13-0 (9KO). 

Sithmorseng falls to 43-2-1 (22KO) after coming up very short in his first fight outside of Thailand. The loss is his first since April '11, suffering a 9th round knockout at the hands of then-strawweight titlist Muhammad Rachman. The 29-year old Thai native is now 0-2 in title fights. 

Ioka, meanwhile, rolls to 7-0 in title fights spanning two weight classes. His strawweight title reign began in just his 7th pro fight and capped with a watershed moment for his native Japan. The precocious boxer outlasted Akira Yaegashi in their instant classic last June, claiming a well-earned decision to unify two belts at straw weight. 

The bout marked the first time two defending titlists from Japan met in a unification bout, though both fighters immediately defected to higher weight classes. Yaegashi presently reigns as the lineal flyweight king, where Ioka could very well head in the near future. 

Ioka's stablemate, Ryo Miyazaki barely outpointed Jesus Silvestre in the evening's co-feature, but immediately announced his intention to move up to junior flyweight. Ioka vacated a belt late last year to provide the opportunity for Miyazaki to fight for and win a strawweight crown. 

A similar move would provide plenty of opportunities for mentor and protégé. Ioka would have no shortage of challenges at flyweight should he choose to once again vacate and move up. A rematch with Yaegashi or even a long awaited showdown with unbeaten former two-division titlist Roman Gonzalez both serve as mouthwatering matchups. 

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com, as well as the Records Keeper for the Transnational Boxing Ratings Board and a member of Boxing Writers Association of America Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

Tags: Kazuto Ioka image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Hougigo on 09-12-2013

[QUOTE=Japanese Boxing;13733975]That fight was ****ing awesome. If they rematch I think Ioka takes it a second time but I'll be on the Yaegashi wagon all night long.[/QUOTE] Japan needs to get their heads right and put Yaegashi/Ioka and Uchiyama/Miura on…

Comment by Japanese Boxing on 09-12-2013

[QUOTE=hougigo;13733186]Was their fight before or after the Ring Rating change. That's what I was really wondering... because he should have if it was after. I can see a rematch at the end of the year[/QUOTE] That fight was ****ing awesome.…

Comment by Hougigo on 09-11-2013

[QUOTE=Humean;13732701]No, the Yaegashi fight was at strawweight and I don't think the ring belt was on the line. Ioka is currently at light flyweight and I think the light flyweight lineage ended with Segura moving up to flyweight. Any fight…

Comment by Japanese Boxing on 09-11-2013

[QUOTE=Suavecito80;13732786]Too bad Ioka's people want nothing to do with Roman. SMH[/QUOTE] Ioka will surpass Roman in skill by next year. Maybe I sound extremely biased but I used to think this kid was going to hit a wall. He hasn't.

Comment by Suavecito80 on 09-11-2013

[QUOTE=Humean;13732701]No, the Yaegashi fight was at strawweight and I don't think the ring belt was on the line. Ioka is currently at light flyweight and I think the light flyweight lineage ended with Segura moving up to flyweight. Any fight…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (7)
Top Headlines Photos: Frampton, Leo Santa Cruz, Malignaggi, Garcia Workouts Photo: Kell Brook Embraces VADA Testing For Golovkin Shot Amnat Ruenroeng Vows To Get Olympic Gold For His Family Photos: Andre Ward Cheers on Kevin Durant, Team USA Czar Glazkov Still Recovering, Return is Possible in November Video: Golovkin's Coach on Terence Crawford, Kell Brook, More Leo Santa Cruz: If Dad Didn't Get Better, I May Have Pulled Out Lucas Browne Enters WBC's VADA Drug Testing Program Frankie Gavin vs. Sam Eggington Looms For October Clash Luke Campbell Focused, Aims To Do a Job on Argenis Mendez Otto Wallin Faces Osborne Machimana on September 10th Liam Walsh to meet Andrey Klimov in IBF final eliminator Leo Santa Cruz Fearful Frampton Won’t Come To Fight Saturday Loeffler on GGG-Brook: The Best at 147 Facing The Best at 160 Bradley Warns: Crawford Can Win, But Pacquiao is NO Postol HBO Sports Head: We Want To Match The Best Fights Possible Olympic Boxers, Now Without Headgear, Worry About Cuts Dimitrenko Confident of Beating Parker, Derailing Joshua Fight Marlon Tapales Shocks Pungluang Sor Singyu, Wins WBO Belt Paul Smith Set For September Return, Won't Be on Liverpool Bill Abel Sanchez: Manny Pacquiao Should Fight Keith Thurman Photos: Robert Guerrero, Alfredo Angulo, Gausha Presser Paulie Malignaggi’s Master Plan: This is Just Step One Loeffler: Golovkin Will Have 3 Fights Prior To Canelo Fight Alfredo Angulo Eyes Gold: I Want a World Title Shot in 2017! Video: Timothy Bradley Talks Pacquiao vs. Crawford, More Video: Loeffler Talks Golovkin vs. Brook HBO Tripleheader Robert Guerrero Aims For Rematch With Danny Garcia Leo Santa Cruz Says Having Dad in NYC Brought Him To Tears Photos: Joseph Diaz, Nick Arce, Roy Tapia Putting in Work Gamboa's Coach: One or Two More, Then Bring on Lomacheneko! Ruben Villa Inks Promotional With Banner and Thompson HBO Sports Head: Chocolatito Has Gotta Perform With Cuadras Tapales Struggles To Make Weight For Sor Singyu WBO Title Fight Photos: Carl Frampton, Leo Santa Cruz Face To Face in NYC WBC Prez on Crawford: One Voluntary, Then Mandatory Fight Jonathan Guzman Robbed of $70,000 Purse at The Airport Prince Naseem Backs Frampton To Get Job Done With Santa Cruz WBC Prez: Povetkin-Wilder Situation To Be Resolved Soon Noel Gevor vs. Mirko Larghetti on October 14 in Hamburg
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement