Ota-City General Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan
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Who won Ioka vs Fukunaga?
Kazuto Ioka beat Ryoji Fukunaga by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest on Friday 31st December 2021 at Ota-City General Gymnasium in Tokyo.
The scorecards were announced as 115-113, 116-112, 118-110 in favor of winner Kazuto Ioka.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Super Flyweight division, which meant the weight limit was 115 pounds (8.2 stone or 52.2 KG).
This contest was for the WBO super flyweight championship of the world.
Ioka vs Fukunaga stats
Kazuto Ioka stepped into the ring with a record of 27 wins, 2 loses and 0 draws, 15 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Ryoji Fukunaga made his way to the ring with a record of 15 wins, 4 loses and 0 draws, with 14 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Fukunaga had a massive power advantage over Ioka, boosting at 93% knock out percentage over Ioka's 56%.
Kazuto Ioka was the younger man by 3 years, at 32 years old.
Fukunaga had a height advantage of 1 inch over Ioka.
Kazuto Ioka fought out of the orthodox stance, while Ryoji Fukunaga was a southpaw.
Ioka was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 10 more fights, and made his debut in 2009, 4 years and 3 months earlier than Fukunaga, whose first professional fight was in 2013. He had fought 175 more professional rounds, 276 to Fukunaga's 101.
Ryoji Fukunaga was ranked number 10 by the WBA, 11 by the WBC, 6 by the WBO and 8 by the IBF in the 115lb division.
Ioka vs Fukunaga form
Ioka had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going the distance twice.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had won against Francisco Rodriguez Jr on 1st September 2021 by unanimous decision in their WBO World Junior Bantamweight championship fight at Ota-City General Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan.
Previous to that, he had won against Kosei Tanaka on 31st December 2020 by technical knockout in the 8th round in their WBO World Junior Bantamweight championship fight at Ota-City General Gymnasium, Tokyo.
Going into that contest, he had beat Jeyvier Cintron on 31st December 2019 by unanimous decision in their WBO World Junior Lightweight championship fight at Ota-City General Gymnasium, Tokyo.
Before that, he had defeated Aston Palicte on 19th June 2019 by technical knockout in the 10th round in their WBO World Junior Bantamweight championship fight at Makuhari Messe, Chiba.
He had been beaten by Donnie Nietes on 31st December 2018 by split decision in their WBO World Junior Bantamweight championship fight at Wynn Palace Cotai, Macao, Macao.
Ioka's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years and 29 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 7 months and 13 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 54 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 10.8 rounds on average.
What time did Ioka vs Fukunaga start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 11:00 AM UTC at Ota-City General Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan, which was 6:00 AM EST or 3:00 AM PST on the West Coast of America, or 11:00 AM GMT in the UK.
What were the odds on Ioka vs Fukunaga?
Kazuto Ioka was a 3/50 (-1666) favourite going into the contest, while Ryoji Fukunaga made his way into the ring at 7/1 (+700) with oddsmakers.