The stage is now set for the rematch to set the record straight. Japan's former WBO super flyweight world champion Kazuto Ioka will face the current WBA champion Joshua Franco of the United States in a rematch of their recent world title unification bout.
Ioka's gym officially announced the fight on Monday at a press conference.
The fight will take place on June 24 at Tokyo's Ota City General Gymnasium.
The pair after battled to a twelve round draw at the same venue back on New Year's Eve.
Not long after the fight had concluded, the World Boxing Organization ordered Ioka to make a mandatory defense against his countryman, Junto Nakatani.
Ioka would choose to vacate his title in order to have a rematch with Franco. Nakatani will now face Andrew Moloney for the vacant title on May 20th in Las Vegas.
According to Ioka, it was very important to settle things with Franco.
"Fighting a title defense was not an option for us at all," Ioka stated at the press conference. "The point is to carry on the fight from last year in the next bout and settle the matter with [Franco]."
The 27-year-old Franco, who is the older brother or world champion Jesse 'Bam Rodriguez' said his motivation is higher than it was in December and he is expecting a heated encounter.
Ioka is 29-2-1 including 15 wins by knockout, while Franco is 18-1-3 with eight wins by knockout.
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