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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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