Juan Carlos Reveco-Kazuto Ioka: Pre-Fight Report Card

by Cliff Rold

Just a few months ago, one of Argentina’s finest went on the road to Japan to face an ingénue professional. Omar Narvaez didn’t make it past Naoya Inoue with his title. Kazuto Ioka knows what it’s like to be in Inoue’s shoes. He was the ingénue not long ago. A unified titlist in ten fights; belts in two fights by eleven.

A loss to Amnat Ruenroeng in May 2014 cut off his chances to win a title in his third weight class in his fifteenth start. Wednesday, Argentina’s Juan Carlos Reveco will try to stop him again.  Reveco’s WBA title isn’t the ‘real’ WBA title.

That belongs to unified titlist Juan Francisco Estrada.

The victor will celebrate with that meaning little to them. If this fight is as good as it looks on paper, everyone who sees it will have cause to celebrate too. This has the makings of an early fight of the year candidate in boxing’s deep, thrilling Flyweight division.

Let’s go the report card.

Juan Carlos Reveco
Age: 31
Title: WBA Flyweight (2011-Present, 8 Defenses)
Previous Titles: WBA Light Flyweight (2007, 1 Defense)
Height: 5’2 
Weight: TBA
Hails from: Las Heras, Mendoza, Argentina
Record: 35-1, 19 KO
Rankings: #3 (BoxingScene, BoxRec), #4 (ESPN), #5 (Ring), #6 (TBRB)
Record in Major Title Fights: 8-1, 5 KO (14-1, 8 KO including interim title fights)
Current/Former World Champions Faced: 1 (Brahim Asloum L12)


Kazuto Ioka 


Titles: None
Previous Titles: WBC Minimumweight (2011-12, 3 Defenses); WBA Minimumweight (2012); WBA Light Flyweight (2012-14, 3 Defenses) 

Height: 5’6
Weight: TBA

Hails from: Osaka, Japan
Record: 16-1, 10 KO

Rankings: #7 (BoxingScene), #9 (TBRB, Ring)
Record in Major Title Fights: 8-1, 5 KO

Current/Former World Champions/Titlists Faced: 3 (Oleydong Sithsamerchai TKO5; Akira Yaegashi UD12; Amnat Ruenroeng L12)


Pre-Fight: Speed – Reveco B+; Ioka B+
Pre-Fight: Power – Reveco B; Ioka B+
Pre-Fight: Defense – Reveco B+; Ioka B+
Pre-Fight: Intangibles – Reveco A; Ioka A

This should be a very good fight between two fighters with complimenting styles. Both can crack enough to keep the other man honest, go to the body well, and have effective defense. Reveco can fight going forward or back, often preferring the latter and letting taller men come into his wide right over the top. Ioka is the straighter shot and has the edge in height.

That could be a big edge.

Ioka has an educated jab and good head movement. If he is patient, Reveco will have to press more and that will favor the home turf man. We saw last year that Ioka can be outboxed by the right fighter, but there aren’t many with a style like Ruenroeng. Reveco is more orthodox and he exciting in his approach.

In terms of intangibles, both have lots in the bag. Neither has been stopped and both have battled through some tough stuff. Ioka’s unification win at 105 versus Yaegashi was thrilling stuff. Reveco was in the best action fight at Flyweight last year against Felix Alvarado. Reveco’s lone loss, to former Olympian Brahim Asloum, was some eight years ago.

Both men have been winners. Is this Reveco’s breakthrough win on the world stage or does Ioka retrack his still very promising career?

The Pick

The thinking here is that the longer Ioka has a match he has to feel good about. Reveco will struggle with his jab and Ioka’s crisper shots will beat Reveco to the target. Both men are going to wake up sore the next day but it will be Ioka with a new belt after a hard fought decision.

In addition to the preview for the big mid-week show, here’s a look back at an excellent battle last Saturday.

Matthysse-Provodnikov: Post Report Card


Pre-Fight: Speed – Lucas Matthysse B; Ruslan Provodnikov B-/Post: Same
Pre-Fight: Power – Matthysse A; Provodnikov B/Post: Same
Pre-Fight: Defense – Matthysse B; Provodnikov B-/Post: B; C+
Pre-Fight: Intangibles – Matthysse A; Provodnikov A/Post: Same

It’s unlikely to be recalled as a classic years from now. While it might have been the best fight of the year to date, it’s unlikely to hold that honor at year’s end. What looked like a savage war going in turned out to be just a really, really good fight.

That’s good enough.

Provodnikov remains what he has been for years: one of the most dependable television fighters of the last half-decade or so. He is always must watch; a gutsy overachiever with a chin that makes Tex Cobb wince. His rally in the late rounds Saturday, despite a bad cut, is why he’ll remain welcome on any network until his body gives out.

The rally wasn’t enough to overcome one of the best performances of Matthysse’s career. He boxed beautifully, maybe losing only one of the first eight rounds. There were some close frames but Provodnikov only appeared to win round four clearly. Matthysse turned out to have a solid speed edge and his jab and right hand put in work.

Matthysse also showed big guts. There were moments, in the fourth and down the stretch, where he appeared mentally as well as physically taken aback. He dug in and stemmed the tides, keeping his feet when rocked and never letting it slip away.

It’s hard to say what’s next for either man. Matthysse-Terrence Crawford, for the belt Crawford won Saturday at 140 lbs., sounds like a great place to start.  

Report Card and Staff Picks 2015: 22-6 (Including Staff Picks for Chavez-Fonfara and Crawford-Dulorme)

Cliff Rold is the Managing Editor of BoxingScene, a founding member of the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, and a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America.  He can be reached at [email protected]

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by crold1 on 04-21-2015

[QUOTE=hinode;15588804]Ioka's second title in light-flyweight wasn't the "real" title either. That belonged to Roman Gonzalez then. Ioka was a champion at only one weight division.[/QUOTE] Fair point. :)

Comment by hinode on 04-21-2015

Ioka's second title in light-flyweight wasn't the "real" title either. That belonged to Roman Gonzalez then. Ioka was a champion at only one weight division.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (2)
Top Headlines Alex Saucedo Wants a Title Shot Soon After Lenny Z Bout Golovkin Signs Up for Advanced VADA Testing, Will Start Soon Loeffler: 'Structure in Place' for Canelo-Golovkin Rematch Deal Warren: Frampton Still Fights on August 18 - But No Warrington McGuigan: Postol is a Very Dangerous Fight For Josh Taylor Hearn: One Thing is Certain - Joshua Wants Wilder Next! Tony Bellew's Trainer: Andre Ward is The Ideal Legacy Fight Lolenga Mock Very Pumped To Face Avni Yilidirim Buboy: Pacquiao's Right Hand is The Weapon For Matthysse Euro News: Kabayal vs. Dimitrenko, Culcay vs. Rodriguez, More Bobby Gunn Continues Run on Big Bare Knuckle Fight Card Danny Garcia vs. Shawn Porter Purse Bid on Friday Jaime Munguia: Facing Canelo Would Be a Dream Fight For Me WBA's Mendoza Hopes For The Best With Celestino Caballero WBC Prez: Adonis Stevenson Must Face Gvozdyk, But... Photos: Leo Santa Cruz Putting in Work For Abner Mares Clash Canelo Set To Return To The WBC's Rankings in June Golovkin-Derevyanchenko: IBF Ruling is Expected Soon Naoya Inoue vs. Jamie McDonnell Showdown Lands on ESPN+ Photos: Naoya Inoue, Jamie McDonnell - Size Up in Japan Tiara Brown Inks Promotional Pact With Lou DiBella Stevenson-Jack Broadcast Peaked at 611,000 Viewers on Showtime Luis Nery vs. Jetro Pabustan is Finalized For June 9 in Tijuana Crawford vs. Horn: Pedraza, Shakur Stevenson Plan To Impress David Benavidez - Legal War Looms Between Sampson, Top Rank Whyte Questions The Courage of Pulev, Pressures Him To Sign Naoya Inoue Says The Goal is To Blast Out Jamie McDonnell Bellew: I Punch Harder Than Fury, He's Fighting a Cruiserweight Callum Smith: I'd Rather Wait and Fight Groves, Not Eubank Jr. Eric Molina Suspended By UK Anti-Doping For Failed Test Gilberto Ramirez vs. Roamer Angulo Lands on BoxNation News: Darragh Foley, Armin Mrkanovic, Thomas vs. Bunting Alex Saucedo Expects Big Crowd For Home Fight With Lenny Z Mayweather Certain Stevenson Will Fade in Jack Rematch, Too Bradley: Mikey Garcia is a Dangerous Fight For Lomachenko Josh Warrington vs. Carl Frampton Could Go To Neutral Territory Trainer: McDonnell Very Prepared, in Form For Naoya Inoue Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. is Alleged To Have Beaten Man at Gas Station Wilder Dares Joshua To Back Up "F*** Him Up Bad" Boast Jono Carroll Believes He Has The Edge Over Declan Geraghty

Latest Active Forum Threads