Kazuto Ioka and Kosei Tanaka have both ended months of speculation on the possibility of their collision with the announcement of their championship fight, which is scheduled to take place on New Year’s Eve at the Ota City General Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan.
Ioka (25-2, 14KOs) will make the second defence of his title in a fight where Tanaka looked to join him as the second Japanese to become four division champion. Both shared the same card in their last outing, last New Year’s Eve but this time will look to deliver a “Fight Of The Year” contender.
The two will be looking to make history as Both have been able to accomplish great things in the Sport for their country Japan. Ioka, who had first tried to become a four division champion in his new year’s eve Vacant title fight against Donnie Nietes, but lost a decision, was finally able to clinch a we world title in Ioka’s fourth weight class with a 10th round Knockout victory over Aston Palicte back in June 2019.
Ioka defended the title with a 12 round unanimous decision over Jeyvier Cintron in his last New Year’s Eve , on the same card where Tanaka (15-0, 9KOs) defended his super Flyweight title for the third and final time, knocking out Wulan Tuolehazi in the third round.
Tanaka, vacated his flyweight title in less than a month after the third defence and expressed interest in fighting in the Bantamweight division and with the WBO “Super” status giving him the privilege of going into his new division as the No. 1 contender, talks for a possible match up with Ioka began only, to be halted by the Corona Virus outbreak.
Tanaka will go into the fight with the motive of become a champion at bantamweight, which will make him the fastest ever boxer to win a major title in four different weight classes after previously holding world titles at strawweight, junior flyweight and flyweight.The last to ever attain such feet was Oscar De La Hoya, who did it in his 24th professional fight after winning titles at 130-, 135- and 140-pounds.