Kazuto Ioka succeeded in defending the WBO Junior Bantamweight title by stopping Kosei Tanaka in eight exciting rounds at the Ota Ward General Gymnasium in Tokyo.
Former 3-weight title holder Tanaka, who bid to join Ioka as Japan’s only male 4-weight title holder, started early, but the defending champion maintained a solid defense and effective his jab. I used it to advance to the round.
The action flowed the second and third times. Tanaka was busy, but Ioka was particularly accurate in the jab.
The challenger threw the fourth most vicious 6-punch combination per minute, and Ioka picked up a swelling under his left eye. However, Ioka also did a great job on her own, closing the fourth tightly and leaving Tanaka with a bloody nose.
Ioka enjoyed the strongest round in the fifth round. The picture-perfect left hand of the counter straddling Tanaka landed and was thrown onto the trouser sheet. He stood up and seemed to have his ability about him at the bell.
With one minute left, when Tanaka was caught on the counter left hook and dropped, the two were exchanging. Bravely to the end, he found his leg and fought back violently.
The fiercely contested match waned and flowed seventh with both moments, but Ioka’s smart jabs and accuracy paved the way for victory. In the middle of the eighth inning, he landed a large left hand inside, visibly hurt Tanaka, and referee Michiaki Someya immediately jumped in to rescue the challenger who was attacked at 1:35.
Ioka (26-2, 15 knockouts) looks great, with 2021 ring champion and WBC title holder Juan Francisco Estrada, WBA ruler Roman Gonzalez, and former WBC title list Srisaket Sorne. I hope to play against Bisai and others.
Tanaka (15-1, 9 KO), 25, has time to join Ioka as a 4-weight title holder, but first needs to untwist some of the game.
– Boxing Sports
Kazuto Ioka destroys Kosei Tanaka with 8 and defends the WBO £ 115 title in a dramatic way
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