January 28, 2021
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Kazuto Ioka vows to derail Kosei Tanaka in superfight, objectives Chocolatito, Estrada and Sor Rungvisai

Kazuto Ioka vows to derail Kosei Tanaka in superfight, ambitions Chocolatito, Estrada and Sor Rungvisai

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through Anson Wainwright

talented boxer-puncher Kazuto Ioka will appear to make the 2d defense of his WBO junior bantamweight title towards fellow japanese superstar Kosei Tanaka on the Ota-city familiar Gymnasium in Tokyo on Thursday.

Ioka, who’s presently rated No. three by using The Ring at one hundred fifteen pounds, is concentrated on ending the 12 months on a high in the now annual New yr’s Eve demonstrate in Japan.

“I’m very grateful that throughout such complicated instances on the earth, due to the pandemic, to be getting the possibility to battle in entrance of my nation on the sort of prestigious nighttime,” Ioka (25-2, 14 knockouts) told The Ring via his foreign supervisor, Taku Nagashima.

“in terms of combating Kosei Tanaka, to me there is not any feelings which are different than all my past fights. i’ll train one hundred percent and fight one hundred percent simply as I actually have carried out for my complete career.”

The 31-year-historical acknowledges that Tanaka is professional however isn’t making any particular concessions for the formidable toddler, who can be relocating up in weight and bidding to be a part of him as Japan’s handiest other male 4-weight titleholder.

“[Tanaka] is a talented fighter,” mentioned Ioka. “His strengths are formative years, power, velocity and his combos to go and physique.

“I suppose that whatever the combat develops into, i’m very assured. he is a gifted, younger fighter, and similar to with myself, there are limited weaknesses to make the most. It could be come right down to the desire to win and that i agree with I have the stronger will to win at this stage in my career.”

Ioka believes his stage of opposition will stand him in good stead against his compatriot.

“I have faced many bad combatants in the past 24 months, together with McWilliams Arroyo, Donnie Nietes, Aston Palicte, and Jeyvier Cintron,” said Ioka. “I do not think Tanaka is extra dangerous than these warring parties. All knowledgeable boxers at championship level are unhealthy.”

Kazuto Ioka (right) takes it to Jeyvier Cintron. picture by way of Naoki Fukuda

Ioka, who has educated in Tokyo, hopes to have Ismael Salas in his corner, offered the Cuban coach is passed medically fit following a bout with COVID-19 in late November. The additional day off has allowed Ioka to focus on other areas of his game heading into this combat.

“i was in a position to work on physical training longer than ordinary,” the defending titleholder mentioned of his training camp. “backyard of sparring, i used to be in reality capable of achieve high outcomes on strength gains and cardio conditioning. I agree with I’m within the choicest shape of my career.”

The winner of this combat will obviously place himself for what would be unmissable unification bouts and superfights in 2021.

“If I win, it is a chance to fight a big fight internationally once again,” stated Ioka. “in order to do that, I need to retain my belt.

“With the legendary Chocolatito [Roman Gonzalez], it could be the optimum honor to eventually be ready fight him within the ring. also, with the tremendous [Juan Francisco] Estrada and Srisaket [Sor Rungvisai]. It is awfully wonderful for me to consider about these fights as neatly.

“These innovations create more decision for me to win this battle. I must win this fight and that i will win this combat, not only for me but for my family unit, chums and supporters.”

Tanaka grew to become professional in 2013. He received the WBO strawweight title from Julian Yedras (UD 12) in his fifth battle and made one defense in opposition t Vic Saludar (KO 6). He then moved as much as junior flyweight and received the vacant WBO title in awesome vogue, eliminating former beltholder Moises Fuentes (TKO 5). Following two defenses, one in every of which become a terrific facets  victory over Angel Acosta (UD 12), Tanaka soon outgrew that division. He edged Sho Kimura (MD 12) to win the WBO flyweight title and has made three defenses, in opposition t Ryoichi Taguchi (UD 12), Jonathan Gonzalez (TKO 7) and Wulan Tuolehazie (KO 3).

Questions and/or comments can be sent to Anson at [email protected] and you can observe him on Twitter @AnsonWainwright

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