Japanese legend, 4 division titlist, and current WBO Super-Flyweight belt holder 🇯🇵Kazuto Ioka (26-2-0, 15KO) will be back in business on Wednesday, September 1st, at the OTA-City General Gymnasium in Tokyo Japan. Seeking a 3rd defense of his title after a masterful performance to stop the great 🇯🇵Kosei Tanaka, the decorated 32 year old will face former title challenger 🇲🇽Francisco Rodriguez Jr. (34-4-1, 24KO), who currently worked himself up to being the #2 contender in the WBO sanctioning body, as well as #2 contender within the IBF ranks.
Throughout all of the glory, with 18 wins in title fights amassing 4 divisions, with 5 world title belts won en route to becoming one of Japan’s poster-boys, the Japanese Boxing Commission, and local authorities have been picking on Ioka in recent times, reprimanding and warning Ioka for not covering a tattoo of his during a fight, and a police raid to his house over suspicion of some marijuana use (Japan is very strict, in fact too strict in some regards).
Ioka was angry, stressed, and visibly shaken up about the whole ordeal, feeling like he’s been targeted out because they don’t like him, and even after his name was cleared of the false positive test, he has shown disdain for what he’s been put through, as he feels unnecessary need to clear his name.
He has insisted that his focus will fully be there for this upcoming fight. Ioka has shared plans that if he were to clear Rodriguez Jr., that he would target IBF Super-Flyweight belt holder 🇵🇭Jerwin Ancajas for an opportunity to unify straps. With the other top 115 lb. fighters meeting in a 4-man tourney, it would certainly be ideal for Ioka to go that path, if all things of course go according to plan for him with a victory.