Kazuto Ioka has retained his WBO super flyweight title in an complete war with Kosei Tanaka in the final title fight of the calendar year.
The pair slugged it out but the 31-calendar year-outdated Ioka showed just why he is the champ acquiring won in an eighth spherical TKO as he knocked Tanaka out on his feet.
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Tanaka had been knocked down 2 times right before in the fifth and sixth spherical but a enormous left hook left the challenger in la la land as Ioka defended his title for the 2nd time.
Both of those adult men came into the fight as planet title winners at numerous weights with the 25-calendar year-outdated Tanaka fighting to become the fastest fighter to earn four pounds divisions have held the WBO mini-flyweight title from 2015 to 2016, the WBO junior-flyweight title from 2016 to 2017 and the WBO flyweight title.
Unbelievably, he however has 7 more fights to beat Oscar de la Hoya’s document but his fifteen- document now has its very first loss.
Tanaka was a enormous favourite in the fight but inspite of both adult men copping punishment, it was Ioka who withstood finest, with a few brutal knockdowns from left hooks supplying him the belt.
Ioka for the knockout was at six-one odds according to Fox boxing reporter Mike Ortega which was gorgeous for the defending champ.
Ioka has trod the ground in advance of Tanaka, acquiring won the mini-flyweight, light-weight-flyweight, flyweight and super flyweight titles.
It appeared an even fight to get started off with both adult men dishing out punishment, but late in the fifth, Ioka hit Tanaka with a right right before coming around the best with what the commentator known as “a image perfect” left hook that floored the challenger.
In the sixth, a further left hook left Tanaka on the canvas once again as he went wanting for the KO as Ioka smelled blood.
With his back again from the wall, Tanaka came out swinging to finish the spherical.
He swung right up until the stop with Ioka waiting around for the right time right before his left knock Tanaka out only to be caught by the referee.
Social media was impressed by both adult men as the slugged out the fight.
In the co-main event on the limited card, Daigo Higa claimed a fifth spherical KO from Yuki Potent Kobayashi.
As the previous flyweight champion, Higa is making an attempt to comeback at bantamweight has his victory will place the division on observe as he savagely dispatched Kobayashi.
Higa was throwing bombs from the outset as he landed some huge uppercuts in the 3rd spherical to acquire regulate of the fight.
The uppercuts stored going with Kobayashi’s legs supplying out as he collapsed.
Though he tried to get to his feet, blood poured from his nose and his corner rushed to his aid and handled him on the canvas.
“As brutal an uppercut knockout as you are going to see,” the commentator claimed.