Watch Full Video HD Highlights Of Kazuto Ioka vs Kosei Tanaka WBO championship fight. Ioka battered, dropped Tanaka twice in the fight round and the sixth round before stopping him in the eight round of the 12 round contest.
Ioka floored Tanaka twice in the fifth and sixth round stoppage midway through the eight round, which served as the headlining bout for a TBS-Japan televised card.
Tanaka connected a straight right hand and an uppercut, which Ioka took well before ending the round with a body shot and a combination to the head and body of the challenger.Ioka went out firing in the opening round as he looked to establish authority but Tanaka was quick to adjust to his attacks, immediately going behind his Jab.
However, Ioka turned the fight to his favour by switching to power punching stuck with it till the bell. Ioka was more reliant on his defensive skills in the third round, allowing the younger challenger to outworks him. Tanaka started better in the second round, landing numerous combinations with his hand speed that looked to be a big issues for the older champion.
Tanaka was already bleeding seriously from his nose while, Ioka had a serious swelling over his eye lid.By the end of the fourth round, both fighter’s had injuries from the battle though they both seemed less worried about them.
However the champion came out on top with a knockdown. Ioka connected a left hook on Tanaka, that sent the Nagoya native tumbling to the canvas for the first knockdown.Round five was a very competitive frame as both staged a back and forth display.
The former three division champion was quickly to make it back to his feets but was then seriously down on the cards.Tanaka was worried after round five and looked to get himself back some authority. Tanaka recovered from the first knockdown and was fought his way back in the lead before he was sent back to the canvas with a huge right hand.
Tanaka planned to attack Ioka’s body but the Tokyo based champion choosed to fight from distance and avoided believing too much on his power by chasing a knockout.Tanaka showed his vasatility with some random switching from conventional to Southpaw in the seventh round but Ioka sensing danger was quick to avoid the younger fighter.
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The referee had no choice but to quickly step-in to end the fight.Tanaka came out this time with a conventional style, firing behind his Jab as he looked to gain an advantage over the 31 year old champion. Ioka was calm, playing defense but ones he had enough of the 22 year old, he connected a left hook that rocked and stopped his challenger in his tracks.