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Nietes: I'm Incredibly Eager To Win Back My Title From Kazuto Ioka

Donnie Nietes will add another chapter to his boxing story if he reclaims the WBO world junior bantamweight title next month. The former four-weight world champion challenges Kazuto Ioka, in Tokyo, on July 13 for the belt he won in 2018, when defeating the Japanese star. Nietes would relinquish the...
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Kazuto Ioka outpoints Ryoji Fukunaga to retain WBO junior bantamweight title

It wasn’t the unification showdown Kazuto Ioka had in mind, but the Japanese star still managed to entertain his country’s fans on New Year’s Eve. Ioka (28-2, 15 knockouts) turned in his fourth successful defense of the WBO junior bantamweight title, outpointing his compatriot Ryoji Fukunaga (15-5, 14 KOs) by unanimous decision at the Ota-City Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan.
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Kazuto Ioka Outpoints A Determined Ryoji Fukunaga To Retain WBO Title

Kazuto Ioka continued a time-honored boxing tradition in his native Japan. The four-division titlist successfully defended his WBO junior bantamweight title with a twelve-round, unanimous decision win over countryman Ryoji Fukunaga, a late replacement for IBF junior bantamweight titlist Jerwin Ancajas. Scores were 115-113, 116-112 and an unacceptable 118-110 in favor of Ioka atop the New Year’s Eve boxing event at Ota-City General Gymnasium in Tokyo.
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Kazuto Ioka remains on NYE card, will face Ryoji Fukunaga

Japan’s travel restrictions scrapped a number of highly appealing fights this month, including a New Year’s Eve super flyweight unification bout between Kazuto Ioka and Jerwin Ancajas. Luckily, various outlets report that Ioka will remain on the Tokyo card and defend his WBO title against sixth-ranked contender Ryoji Fukunaga.
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Kazuto Ioka vs. Jerwin Cancajas Postponed Due To Travel Restrictions

The new year's eve world title unification battle between junior bantamweight champions Jerwin Ancajas and Kazuto Ioka has been postponed. Promoted by Shisei Boxing Gym, Manny Pacquiao’s MP Promotions, TGB Promotions, and Knucklehead Boxing Promotions, Ancajas (33-1-2, 22 KOs), from Panabo City, Philippines vs. Ioka (27-2, 15 KOs), from Tokyo, had the makings of the Fight of the Year.
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Kazuto Ioka vs Jerwin Ancajas unification officially postponed

Not unexpected, just unwelcome. Following in the footsteps of Gennadiy Golovkin vs. Ryota Murata, the planned New Year’s Eve super flyweight unification between Kazuto Ioka and Jerwin Ancajas has been officially pushed back to 2022 due to Japan’s tightened COVID protocols. Both Shisei Gym and MP Promotions released statements on the situation.
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Kazuto Ioka-Jerwin Ancajas 115-pound unification clash set for New Year’s Eve in Tokyo

TOKYO, JAPAN (November 24, 2021) – Jerwin Ancajas (33-1-2, 22 KOs), from Panabo City, Philippines, and Kazuto Ioka (27-2, 15 KOs), from Tokyo, Japan, will put up their dukes and their respective IBF and WBO junior bantamweight world titles, when they collide in a world title unification battle on Saturday, December 31, at the Ota-City General Gymnasium in Tokyo. Promoted by Shisei Boxing Gym, Manny Pacquiao’s MP Promotions, TGB Promotions, and Knucklehead Boxing Promotions, Ancajas vs. Ioka – the New Year’s Eve test to be the best of the 115-pound division — will be the latest chapter in the storied Philippines-Japan boxing rivalry.
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Kazuto Ioka vs. Jerwin Ancajas Finalized, December 31 in Tokyo

Jerwin Ancajas (33-1-2, 22 KOs), from Panabo City, Philippines, and Kazuto Ioka (27-2, 15 KOs), from Tokyo, Japan, will put up their dukes and their respective IBF and WBO junior bantamweight world titles, when they collide in a world title unification battle on Saturday, December 31, at the Ota-City General Gymnasium in Tokyo.
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Kazuto Ioka and Jerwin Ancajas “finalizing” New Year’s Eve unification

Prior to his September defense against mandatory challenger Francisco Rodriguez Jr., WBO super flyweight champion Kazuto Ioka expressed his desire to unify with IBF champ Jerwin Ancajas. It looks like he’ll get his wish, as Mike Coppinger reports that the two are “finalizing a deal” to square off on one of Japan’s annual New Year’s Eve cards.
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Kazuto Ioka Fends Off Determined Francisco Rodriguez, Defends WBO Title In Tokyo

Kazuto Ioka survived the toughest test of his current title reign. The only male boxer from Japan to win titles in four weight divisions, Ioka fended off a determined Francisco ‘Chihuas’ Rodriguez to retain his WBO junior bantamweight title. Judges Yuji Fujuchi (116-112), Nobuto Ikehara (116-112) and Michiaki Someya (116-112) were unanimous in awarding the fight to Ioka in an entertaining twelve-round main event Wednesday at Ota-City General Gymnasium in Tokyo.
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Kazuto Ioka-Francisco Rodriguez Jr: Stats & Stakes

Japan’s Kazuto Ioka may never have another performance quite as pitch perfect as his eighth round stoppage of undefeated countryman Kosei Tanaka last New Year’s Eve. It doesn’t mean he can’t try. Since returning from a brief ‘retirement,’ Ioka has been one of boxing’s most steady competitors as he continues...
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Kazuto Ioka-Francisco Rodriguez Jr. Weigh-In Report From Tokyo

It’s not the high profile fight he sought, but Kazuto Ioka can at least move forward with a title fight. The defending WBO junior bantamweight champ and mandatory challenger Francisco ‘Chihuas’ Rodriguez both made weight for their upcoming showdown, which takes place Wednesday at Ota-City Gymnasium in Tokyo. Ioka (26-2, 15KOs) weighed 114.9 pounds, while Mexico’s Rodriguez (34-4-1, 24KOs) was a fit and trim 114 pounds in a bid to become a two-division titlist.
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