• Kyodo


WBA flyweight champion Kazuto Ioka of Japan will make his second title defense on New Year’s Eve, his Ioka Gym announced Friday.

The fight at Edion Arena Osaka will be a rematch against Argentina’s Juan Carlos Reveco, whom Ioka defeated on April 22 to win the title by a 2-0 decision. On Sept. 27, Ioka defeated another Argentine, Roberto Domingo Sosa to successfully defend his crown for the first time.

“If I lose this one, the previous win means nothing,” the 26-year-old Ioka told a news conference at his gym in Osaka.

“I want to win by either a KO or a TKO, so that anyone who watches will know clearly who won.”

“It (the timing of the fight) is because he had an option, but if I prepare well, I don’t foresee any problems.”

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