Ota-City General Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan
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Who won Ioka vs Rodriguez Jr?
Kazuto Ioka beat Francisco Rodriguez Jr by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest on Wednesday 1st September 2021 at Ota-City General Gymnasium in Tokyo.
The scorecards were announced as 116-112, 116-112, 116-112 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 Rodriguez Jr stats
Kazuto Ioka stepped into the ring with a record of 26 wins, 2 loses and 0 draws, 15 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Francisco Rodriguez Jr made his way to the ring with a record of 34 wins, 4 loses and 1 draw, with 24 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Rodriguez Jr had advantage in power over Ioka, with a 71% knock out percentage over Ioka's 58%.
Kazuto Ioka was the older man by 4 years, at 32 years old.
Ioka had a height advantage of 1 inch over Rodriguez Jr. That also extended to a 1-inch reach advantage.
Both Kazuto Ioka & Francisco Rodriguez Jr fought out of an orthodox stance.
Ioka was arguably the more experienced fighter, having had 11 less fights, and made his debut in 2009, 1 year and 5 months earlier than Rodriguez Jr, whose first professional fight was in 2010. He had fought 31 more professional rounds, 264 to Rodriguez Jr's 233.
Francisco Rodriguez Jr was ranked number 5 by the WBA, 2 by the WBO and 4 by the IBF in the 115lb division.
Ioka vs Rodriguez Jr 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 beat 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, Japan.
Previous to that, 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.
Going into that contest, he had won against 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.
Before that, 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.
He had beat McWilliams Arroyo on 8th September 2018 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Forum, Inglewood, United States.
Ioka's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years and 19 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 7 months and 11 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 52 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 10.4 rounds on average.
What time did Ioka vs Rodriguez Jr start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 12:00 PM UTC at Ota-City General Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan, which was 8:00 AM EST or 5:00 AM PST on the West Coast of America, or 1:00 PM BST in the UK.
What were the odds on Ioka vs Rodriguez Jr?
Kazuto Ioka was a (+100) underdog going into the contest, while Francisco Rodriguez Jr made his way into the ring at (+100) with oddsmakers.