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Kazuto Ioka vs. Francisco Rodriguez Jr. Ordered By The WBO

The World Boxing Organization has ordered WBO super flyweight champion Kazuto Ioka to make a mandatory defense against top contender and former world champion Francisco Rodriguez Jr. The two sides have 30 days to negotiate before a purse bid is ordered. Rodriguez (34-4-1, 24 KO), a former WBO minimumweight champ,...
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Kazuto Ioka Cleared By Japanese Boxing Commission of Doping Charges

Kazuto Ioka has been cleared of any wrongdoing following a doping investigation surrounding the biggest win of his career, although the ruling hasn’t exactly left him in a celebratory mood. The Japanese Boxing Commission (JBC) confirmed to local media that Ioka (26-2, 15KOs) was no longer subject to punishment over...
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Kazuto Ioka reportedly fails drug test for marijuana

Months after scoring the biggest win of his storied career, WBO super flyweight champion Kazuto Ioka has a potentially nastier fight on his hands. Kyodo News and other sources report that Ioka tested positive for marijuana following his December victory over Kosei Tanaka. Ioka’s (26-2, 15 KO) attorney claims that...
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Kazuto Ioka-Kosei Tanaka Fight Preview

He’s only lost twice in 27 fights, each time to top level competition and by close margins (both defeats came via split decision). Come Thursday in his native Japan, however, WBO super flyweight titlist Kazuto Ioka will be facing his countryman, the formidable and undefeated Kosei Tanaka in defense of his belt. Boxing’s smaller divisions haven’t been getting a whole lot of attention stateside, and that’s a shame, because this is a fine matchup between two major fighters.
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Kazuto Ioka-Kosei Tanaka: Stats & Stakes

New Year’s Eve has loomed large in the careers of both Kazuto Ioka and Kosei Tanaka. Ioka is making his ninth start on the date, posting a mark of 7-1 so far. Tanaka is making his fourth start on what has become arguably the biggest day on the Japanese boxing calendar, returning to the ring Thursday for the first time since running his New Year’s Eve record to 3-0 one year ago.
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Kazuto Ioka vs. Kosei Tanaka - CompuBox Punch Stats

Kazuto Ioka, a four-division champion and the defending WBO super flyweight king, thwarted Kosei Tanaka's attempt to become one thanks to his superlative boxing skill and powerful left hooks that scored knockdowns in rounds five and six while also rendering Takana out on his feet in round eight. Referee Michiaki...
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Kazuto Ioka out-thinks, out-fights Kosei Tanaka for round 8 TKO

Super flyweights Kazuto Ioka and Kosei Tanaka ended boxing in 2020 in style with a competitive bout that saw Ioka take his game to a new level. On New Year’s Eve, Kazuto Ioka and Kosei Tanaka brought boxing to a close in 2020 with a spirited matchup from Ota-City General Gymnasium in Japan. Many thought that Ioka would lose his WBO super flyweight title to the younger Tanaka, but he retained his title by utilizing incredible skill and strategy.
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Kazuto Ioka Drops, Stops Kosei Tanaka In 8th Round, Retains 115-Pound Title

Kazuto Ioka continued a time-honored tradition in style, forever cementing his place as a modern-day great while denying history at his expense in the process. The four-division and reigning WBO junior bantamweight titlist denied the same status sought by previously unbeaten Kosei Tanaka, scoring two knockdowns en route to an 8th round stoppage win Thursday evening at Ota-City General Gymnasium in Tokyo.
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Kazuto Ioka, Kosei Tanaka Make Weight For Final Title Fight Of 2020

The last remaining major title fight of 2020 is official one sleep away. Kazuto Ioka and Kosei Tanaka made weight for their highly anticipated junior bantamweight title fight, which headlines a New Year's Eve boxing event live from Ota-City General Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan. Both boxers weighed in right at the 115-pound limit for their scheduled 12-round bout, which will air live on TBS-Japan and on several other platforms around the world including ESPN in Latin America.
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How to watch Kazuto Ioka vs Kosei Tanaka on NYE

The UK and Latin America have easy access, while American viewers will need to pay a few bucks extra. 2020’s last big fight also figures to be one of its best. This Thursday morning at 4:00 AM Eastern, 25-year-old Kosei Tanaka attempts to become a four-division champion against countryman Kazuto Ioka, who became the first male Japanese boxer to achieve the feat last year. The bout airs live on Japanese channel TBS, but luckily for us gaijin, there are a few ways to tune in.
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Kosei Tanaka Expects "Unforgettable Fight" With Kazuto Ioka

The fight is almost upon us, with hardcore followers of the sport getting excited with each passing day - as undefeated Kosei Tanaka will challenge four division world champion Kazuto Ioka on December 31, with the WBO super flyweight title at stake. Tanaka, a four division champion himself, is expected...
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Kosei Tanaka bids to become a four-weight champion against Kazuto Ioka

The year ends with a genuine super fight as Kosei Tanaka and Kazuto Ioka clash in Tokyo. THE year ends with a genuine super fight in Tokyo. On New Year’s Eve, Kosei Tanaka bids to become a four-weight world champion in only his 16th fight by taking the WBO super-flyweight title off Kazuto Ioka at the Ota-City General Gymnasium.
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Kazuto Ioka vs Kosei Tanaka Odds and Picks

Kazuto Ioka vs Kosei Tanaka goes Thursday, December 31st at 5 AM EST. When the dust settles in the main event, who will be the WBO world super flyweight champion?. Check out the fight odds, analysis, and predictions below. Kazuto Ioka and Kosei Tanaka will close out 2020 throwing down...
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Kazuto Ioka-Kosei Tanaka: 2020 Has One to Go

It’s easy to feel like the boxing year is over in the United States. FS1 will have intriguing Cuban prospect David Morrell continuing his rapid ascent at super middleweight and the return of James Kirkland on Saturday night but nothing there feels like it really moves the immediate needle. Various...