Dec 31 2020
Thursday

Ota-City General Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan

12 rounds contest
@ Super Flyweight
25-2-0
TKO 8
TKO 8
15-0-0

Belts on The Line

WBO World Junior Bantamweight Championship

The tape

32
Age
25
5' 5" / 165 cm
Height
5' 5" / 164 cm
66.1" / 168 cm
Reach
63.4" / 161 cm
Orthodox (R)
Stance
Orthodox (R)

Tape record

UDTKOSDUDUD
Form
KOTKOUDMDTKO
25
Wins
15
14
By KO
9
56
KO%
60
2
Loses
0
0
Draws
0
2009
Debut
2013

Tape rankings @ Super Flyweight

3
The Ring
-
-
WBA
-
-
WBC
-
-
WBO
1
-
IBF
-

Kazuto Ioka vs Kosei Tanaka report

Who won Ioka vs Tanaka?

Kazuto Ioka beat Kosei Tanaka by technical knockout in the 8th round on Thursday 31st December 2020 at Ota-City General Gymnasium in Tokyo.

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.

The undercard featured the clash of Kobayashi vs Higa.

Ioka vs Tanaka stats

Kazuto Ioka stepped into the ring with a record of 25 wins, 2 loses and 0 draws, 14 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.

Kosei Tanaka made his way to the ring with an unblemished record of 15 wins and 0 draws, with 9 of those by knock out.

The stats suggested Tanaka had a slight advantage in power over Ioka, with a 60% knock out percentage over Ioka's 56%.

Kazuto Ioka was the older man by 7 years, at 32 years old.

Ioka had 3-inch reach advantage.

Both Kazuto Ioka & Kosei Tanaka fought out of an orthodox stance.

Ioka was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 12 more fights, and made his debut in 2009, 4 years and 6 months earlier than Tanaka, whose first professional fight was in 2013. He had fought 126 more professional rounds, 252 to Tanaka's 126.

Kosei Tanaka was ranked number 1 by the WBO in the 115lb division.

Ioka vs Tanaka form

Ioka had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going the distance 3 times.

In his last fight before this contest, he had won against Jeyvier Cintron on 31st December 2019 by unanimous decision in their WBO World Junior Lightweight championship fight at Ota-City General Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan.

Previous to that, 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.

Going into that contest, 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.

Before that, he had beat McWilliams Arroyo on 8th September 2018 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Forum, Inglewood, United States.

He had defeated Noknoi Sitthiprasert on 23rd April 2017 by unanimous decision in their WBA World Flyweight championship fight at EDION Arena Osaka, Osaka, Japan.

Tanaka had won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 3 of them, going the distance twice.

In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had won against Wulan Tuolehazi on 31st December 2019 by knockout in the 3rd round in their WBO World Flyweight championship fight at Ota-City General Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan.

Previous to that, he had won against Jonathan Gonzalez on 24th August 2019 by technical knockout in the 7th round in their WBO World Flyweight championship fight at Takeda Teva Ocean Arena, Aichi.

Going into that contest, he had defeated Ryoichi Taguchi on 16th March 2019 by unanimous decision in their WBO World Flyweight championship fight at Memorial Center, Gifu.

Before that, he had beat Sho Kimura on 24th September 2018 by majority decision in their WBO World Flyweight championship fight at Takeda Teva Ocean Arena, Aichi.

Hehad won against Ronnie Baldonado on 31st March 2018 by technical knockout in the 9th round at Nagoya, Aichi.

Activity check

In terms of activity leading into the fight, Kosei Tanaka had been fighting more than Kazuto Ioka.

Going to this contest, Kazuto Ioka had last fought 1 year, 4 months and 15 days ago, while Kosei Tanaka's last outing had been 1 year, 4 months and 15 days ago.

Ioka's last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years and 23 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 9 months and 23 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 56 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 11.2 rounds on average.

Tanaka's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 1 month and 15 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 7 months and 16 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 43 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 8.6 rounds on average.

What time did Ioka vs Tanaka start?

The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 10:00 AM UTC at Ota-City General Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan, which was 5:00 AM EST or 2:00 AM PST on the West Coast of America, or 10:00 AM GMT in the UK.

Who broadcast Ioka vs Tanaka?

Ioka vs Tanaka was broadcast on BoxNation in the UK.

What were the odds on Ioka vs Tanaka?

Kazuto Ioka was a 36/25 (+144) underdog going into the contest, while Kosei Tanaka made his way into the ring at 51/100 (-196) with oddsmakers.

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