The anticipated Japanese mega-fight between four-weight champion Kazuto Ioka (25-2-0, 14 KO) and ex-three-weight champion Kosei Tanaka (15-0-0, 9 KO), originally planned for spring, has been postponed to the end of the year.
Sources say that the teams of fighters have already reached an agreement on the fight, which, traditionally for the “land of the rising sun”, will close the boxing year. December 31st.
Tanaka, in his extreme performance in December, knocked out Chinese Ulan Tuolehatsi (13-4-1, 6 KO) in the 3rd round, making the third defense of the WBO flyweight title (up to 50.8 kg), which he later vacated. Ioka, as part of the same evening, outboxed Puerto Rican Avier Citron (11-1-0, 5 KO), defending the WBO belt in the second flyweight (up to 52.2 kg).
If Tanaka wins, he will become the first boxer in history to conquer four weight classes in just 16 fights.