Kazuto Ioka destroys Kosei Tanaka in eight, defends WBO 115-pound title in dramatic fashion
Kazuto Ioka successfully defended his WBO junior bantamweight title by using stopping Kosei Tanaka in eight pleasing rounds at the Ota-city generic Gymnasium in Tokyo.
Tanaka, a former three-weight titleholder bidding to join Ioka as Japan’s handiest male 4-weight titleholder, all started speedy, but the defending champ saved an effective protection and used his jab without difficulty to work his means into the circular.
The action flowed within the 2d and third rounds. Tanaka become the busier, but Ioka turned into correct, chiefly with the jab.
The challenger threw a vicious six-punch combination a minute into the fourth and Ioka picked up some swelling below his left eye. although, Ioka became also performing some awesome bodywork of his own and closed the fourth strongly, leaving Tanaka with a bloody nose.
Ioka become enjoying his strongest circular of the fight in the fifth when he landed an image-superb counter left hand that span Tanaka around and dumped him on the seat of his pants. He rose and seemed to have his colleges about him on the bell.
With a minute last in the sixth, each guys had been exchanging when Tanaka changed into caught once more by means of a counter left hook that dropped him. courageous to the closing, he discovered his feet and fought back tough.
The hotly contested bout ebbed and flowed in the seventh with each having their moments, however Ioka’s sensible jab and accuracy paved how to victory. midway during the eighth he landed a large left hand on the inner that visibly harm Tanaka and referee Michiaki Someye quickly jumped in to rescued the afflicted challenger at 1:35.
Ioka (26-2, 15 knockouts) regarded remarkable and has aspirations of facing the likes of Ring champion and WBC titleholder Juan Francisco Estrada, WBA ruler Roman Gonzalez and former two-time WBC titlist Srisaket Sor Rungvisai in 2021.
At 25, Tanaka (15-1, 9 KOs) has time on his side to be part of Ioka as a four-weight titleholder, however he will should iron out a few kinks in his video game first.
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