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Alvarado is Focused on Knocking Kazuto Ioka Out

By Nectalí Mora Zeledon, notifight.com

Japanese champion Kazuto Ioka has been invincible at home. Of the 13 fights on his record, nine by knockout and no defeats. They are going to clash on December 31st at the Colosseum Bodymaker in Osaka, Japan. Three of his last four fights ended before twelve rounds. But Nicaraguan challenger Felix Alvarado (18-0, 15KOs) is focused to stop Ioka and return home with the 108-pound championship of the World Boxing Association (WBA).

"We're looking for the knockout. We can not say what round it's going to happen, but we're going to have to find a way to knock him out, because that's going to be our opportunity to finish the fight," says Alvarado's trainer, Sergio González.

"We are sufficiently prepared to go the full distance, although we hope not [to go the distance]. We will do a job accordingly as the fight plays out with our opponent. Being outside of our country, you have to kill someone [to win] because everyone will be against us. We can not bet on getting a decision - unless it is clear. It is tough to win a decision when fighting outside of the country [against a hometown fighter]."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by KING MEAT on 12-27-2013

[quote=Trudoe] Heh heh.. Why would you think it was Mike Alvarado when the article title clearly says "Alvarado is focused on knocking KAZUTO IOKA out"? Ioka is a Strawweight and MIKE Alvarado is a Jr. Welterweight... That's a 9 division…

Comment by Trudoe the.. on 12-27-2013

Heh heh.. Why would you think it was Mike Alvarado when the article title clearly says "Alvarado is focused on knocking KAZUTO IOKA out"? Ioka is a Strawweight and MIKE Alvarado is a Jr. Welterweight... That's a 9 division separation…

Comment by Humean on 12-26-2013

Anyone know anything about Felix Alvarado? He'll have to be damn good to stand a chance against Ioka.

Comment by turnedup on 12-26-2013

[QUOTE=PittyPat;14072007]Dammit, I thought Mike was fighting...[/QUOTE] Mile High needs a long layoff..that eye jammy didn't look good..i'd be surprised if he didn't have lasting damage from it..

Comment by PittyPat on 12-26-2013

Dammit, I thought Mike was fighting...

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