Mini Bomber Kazuto Ioka Wins Again

By Ted Sares on May 11, 2013
Mini Bomber Kazuto Ioka Wins Again
After a storied amateur career, Kazuto immediately began to take on top level opposition.

If you know who this exciting, heavy handed light flyweight champion is, then you just might be a serious boxing fan…

“I got hit when I stepped back and I was off guard. I felt pain in the stomach and it was difficult to breathe.”—Wisanu Kokietgym

“I am aiming for a lot of other things, including winning multiple world titles…I want to become a legendary boxer and I want you to continue supporting me, please.”—Ioka

If you know who this exciting, heavy handed light flyweight champion is, then you just might be a serious boxing fan.

After a storied amateur career, Kazuto Ioka immediatley began to take on top level opposition. Fighting mostly out of Osaka, he is now 12-0 with 8 KOs. The combined won-lost record of his opponents stands at an attention-grabbing 251-53-14, and in just his fourth pro outing, Kazuto Ioka won a dominant UD over veteran Indonesian fighter Heri Amol (27-10-4). This was the same Heri Amol who was involved in the tragic fight with the late South Korean Yo-Sam Choi in 2007.

On February 11, 2011, Kazuto scored a monster upset of strawweight (minimumweight) champion Oleydong Sithsamerchae (35-0), winning his first world title less than two years after making his pro debut. He decked the Thai favorite in the second and put him away for good in the fifth with a sizzling, lightning-fast shot to the body.

Ioka’s win over Yodgoen Tor “CP Freshmart” Chalermchai in December 2011 was a chilling and scary one as he finished the Thai at the 1:38 mark. Ioka landed a looping left hook that left the formerly undefeated Chalermchai leaving the ring on a stretcher. Then in June 2012, he beat highly skilled Akira Yaegashi over 12 tough and close rounds. Yaegashi won the WBC flyweight title this past April and is another world-class fighter.

After four wins as the WBC miniumweight world champion, Kazuto moved up to light flyweight in December 2012 and took the title by stopping Mexico’s Jose Alfredo “Torito” Rodriquez (28-1 coming in) in the sixth canto.

On May 8, 2103, Kazuto fought skilled southpaw Wisanu Kokietgym (43-9-2) and dominated with an incredible exhibition of combination punching both upstairs and downstairs. The technique he displayed could be used as a training video for those anxious to learn how to fight relaxed, with proper separation, and with blinding fast combos. In the ninth, after hurting the Thai with shots to the head, he brought down the curtain by drilling a straight right to Kokietgym’s midsection. It was as clean a KO as one could hope to see.

American judges Jason Garcia and Raul Caiz Jr. both scored it 80-72 for Ioka after the first eight rounds. Peru’s Danilo Dongo, who must have been in the rest room for most of the fight, had it an astonishing 77-75 for Wisanu.

Now a two-division champion, the 24-year-old Ioka blends a solid defense with precision punching and KO power in both hands. This baby-faced assassin is clearly the best fighter in the world with just 12 pro bouts, and he may be the most exciting pugilist fighting today.

It’s too bad that American and European fans probably will not get to see this ring beast do his thing because boring he is not. Fans will pay $60 to see Mayweather possibly fight Khan or even Alexander, but I’d gladly spend that amount or more to watch Kazuto Ioka. But don’t take it from me; search out the videos for Ioka’s fights and judge for yourself.

Roman “El Chocolatito” Gonzalez

“Ioka is a good fighter, but when we collided he will face someone who is better.”—Gonzalez

Many say 28-year-old Nicaraguan bomber Gonzalez (34-0 with 28 KOs) and current WBA light flyweight champion might be too much for the rival Japanese titleholder. El Chocolatito held the WBA minimum weight crown from 2008 to 2010 and then beat Francisco Rosas in October 2010 to earn the WBA light flyweight title, which he has successfully defended five times. Last year he beat Juan Francisco Estrada and as a testament to Gonzalez’s gravitas, Estrada just beat Brian Viloria to capture the WBO flyweight crown.

Having fought four times in Japan, a fight with Ioka would be a mega event that will pack any stadium. The fact is, a meeting between these two undefeated world champions is the type of fight that could torque the relatively unknown—or maybe underappreciated—light flyweight division and place the winner in the pound-for-pound sweepstakes. Attempts have been made to make the match, but thus far they have been unsuccessful for a number of reasons, not least of which concerns the purse split.

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  1. Ted 05:05pm, 05/14/2013

    No. Everything was in Japan, but he was very young when he started out and my sense is he lost early in his career.

  2. raxman 02:59pm, 05/14/2013

    ted - yeah - good but not great. he was a gun in his own country. but he has no international success. the record of just the ten loses probably implies that those losses were at international level.

  3. Ted 01:21pm, 05/14/2013

    17th All Japan Selected High School Championships JOC Award (2006)
    17th All Japan Selected High School Championships MVP (2006)
    2005 Amateur Fresh Award
    2009 Professional Fresh Award

  4. Ted 01:20pm, 05/14/2013

    Amateur boxing
    16th All Japan Selected High School Boxing Championships, Light flyweight Tournament winner (2005)
    17th All Japan Selected High School Boxing Championships, Light flyweight Tournament winner (2006)
    59th Inter-high school championships, Boxing, Light flyweight Tournament winner
    60th Inter-high school championships, Boxing, Light flyweight Tournament winner
    60th National Sports Festival, Boxing, Boys, Light flyweight Tournament winner
    61st National Sports Festival, Boxing, Boys, Light flyweight Tournament winner
    62nd National Sports Festival, Boxing, Adult, Light flyweight Tournament winner
    63rd National Sports Festival, Boxing, Adult, Light flyweight Tournament winner

    105 Fights 95 Wins (64 KOs・RSC) 10 Losses

  5. raxman 03:32pm, 05/13/2013

    Yeah I think he had an uncle who was a world champ. he may just share the surname though. he was a good amateur. he wasn’t a great amateur. nothing like golovkin or rigondeaux success. but a top level amateur in his country and the Asian region but I don’t remember him competing in Olympics or worlds let alone medalling and that was the era I was watching the amateurs quite closely

  6. Ted on the road--from my I-Pad 03:21pm, 05/13/2013

    This guy had an awsome amateur career and has boxing pedigree as members of his family were, I believe, famous fighters. Or maybe it’s his trainer. But he has the goods and is practicing a new business model to wit: Get all the money you can while you can.

  7. raxman 02:37pm, 05/13/2013

    i think the beauty of this kid is, at 24, the enormous scope his career could cover. I see him climbing as high at 122pounds and taking scalps and belts. as for gonzalez he’s probably a little green right now. although only a couple of years separate them in age, RG has at least 4 years and 20 fights pro experience on him - and like some life wisdom just requires time spent on the planet, some boxing wisdom just requires time in the ring. of course rigondeaux proved the exception to that rule, but rigondeaux is quite exceptional

  8. Tex Hassler 01:58pm, 05/13/2013

    The Mini Bomber seems to throw some mighty powerful bombs. He looks like he has the right stuff. Boxing greatly needs some new names and some good fighters. Thanks for the article.

  9. Ted 11:39am, 05/13/2013

    Koolz, I have heard of him. You know your Japanese fighters I suspect. I love to watch them fight, BTY

    They invented the word “seperation.”

  10. Koolz 02:38pm, 05/12/2013

    Yea he is great!
    I have watched his fights for year now!

    But there is another coming up with only 3 fights both way of KO
    that could fight for a world title fight in his fourth fight!
    That would be….Naoya Inoue!!!

    also I wouldn’t say Ioka is the best in the world that title goes to Golovkin.

  11. Charles Farrell 12:04pm, 05/12/2013

    I like everything I see about Ioka.  But Gonzalez seems one unreachable step beyond; the best fighter at under 112 since the retirement of Ricardo Lopez. A Gonzalez-Ioka match-up would be both explosive and tactically compelling, but I can’t imagine Ioka holding up for the entire fight.

  12. Ted 11:11am, 05/12/2013

    Thanks, Pete

  13. Pete The Sneak 08:33am, 05/12/2013

    ” Fans will pay $60 to see Mayweather possibly fight Khan or even Alexander, but I’d gladly spend that amount or more to watch Kazuto Ioka. But don’t take it from me; search out the videos for Ioka’s fights and judge for yourself.”...Toro, beautifully said and my thoughts exactly, and yes kid vegas, a mini GGG indeed. Peace.

  14. Ted 07:14am, 05/12/2013

    Great comparison. I was going to use that in the article but GGG has been discussed enough lately.

  15. kid vegas 07:01am, 05/12/2013

    Welcome from Henderson, Nevada and Lake Las Vegas. Thanks for keeping me updated on the Asian scene. The videos on this guy are something to behold. He is like a mini Golovkin.

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