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Kazuto Ioka vs. Artem Dalakiam is Ordered By The WBA

The World Boxing Association (WBA) Championships Committee has ordered negotiations between the Japanese star Kazuto Ioka, who is the flyweight Champion, and Azerbaijani Artem Dalakiam, who is rated at number one in the rankings.

According to WBA Rule 11, a champion has nine months to make a mandatory defense.

The last time Ioka exposed his belt against a mandatory opponent was on December 31st, 2016, and his deadline for another mandatory defense is due on September 30th, 2017.

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The Japanese boxer won his WBA belt at 112 pounds on April 22nd, 2015, when he defeated Argentine Juan Carlos Reveco by majority decision, and has already defended his championship 5 times.

In addition, Ioka has been champion in the minimumweight and light flyweight divisions, and in both weight classes he successfully exposed his belt 3 times. Ioka has a record of 22 wins, one loss and 13 knockouts.

On the other hand, Dalakian got the opportunity to fight for a world title thanks to his good results in the ring. He is the current WBA Continental champion at 112 pounds, a title he has defended 4 times, all by knockout.

In addition, he was the WBA-International champion of the same division. The Azerbaijan boxer is undefeated in 15 fights, 11 of them won via knockout.

Both teams were duly notified and have 30 days, as of July 31st, 2017, to reach an agreement or the fight will be called to purse bids.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by giacomino on 08-10-2017

[QUOTE=1hourRun;17936702]A nobody at this point, he benefits a world title opportunity in winning/ reaching higher degrees in the WBA ranking structure without beating a world-level opponent : won the 'vacant WBA International flyweight title' in 2013 ; made a defense…

Comment by 1hourRun on 08-10-2017

[QUOTE=BigZ44;17936727]Sounds like an easy win for Ioka. Ioka vs Nietes is the fight I really want to see, but Reveco/Nietes would be a good fight as well.[/QUOTE] Iteresting to see the eastern-euros get a crack at flyweight titles tho. I…

Comment by BigZ44 on 08-10-2017

[QUOTE=1hourRun;17936702]A nobody at this point, he benefits a world title opportunity in winning/ reaching higher degrees in the WBA ranking structure without beating a world-level opponent : won the 'vacant WBA International flyweight title' in 2013 ; made a defense…

Comment by Zaroku on 08-10-2017

Ioka is gonna stop him with a body shot!

Comment by 1hourRun on 08-10-2017

[QUOTE=BigZ44;17935587]Who the fook is Artem Dalakian??? 1hourRun, get in here and tell me something about this guy[/QUOTE] A nobody at this point, he benefits a world title opportunity in winning/ reaching higher degrees in the WBA ranking structure without beating…

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