Bam Seeks 115lb Unification: “I Want The Ioka vs Martinez Winner”

Bam Rodriguez Out To Conquer the 115-pound Division!

Bam Rodriguez wants to unify with the Ioka vs Martinez winner
Bam Rodriguez to seek a unification with the winner of Kazuto Ioka vs Fernando Martinez (credit: IG @fernandopumamartinezz)

Bam Rodriguez To Pursue a Junior Bantamweight Unification

Reigning WBC junior bantamweight champion Jesse “Bam” Rodriguez (20-0, 13 KOs) is showing himself to be an emerging star and one of the elite fighters in the sport. Bam has set his next goal to be a unification with either Kazuto Ioka or Fernando Martinez.


Rodriguez regained the WBC title with a thrilling seventh-round knockout over Juan Francisco “El Gallo” Estrada on June 29 in Phoenix, Arizona. After getting the victory over the future Hall of Famer in El Gallo, Bam talked about who he would like to face next.

“Here I am, taking over the division. I want the winner of Ioka-Martinez.”

Bam is referencing the July 7 unification clash between WBA champion Kazuto Ioka and IBF champion Fernando Martinez that will happen on Ioka’s home turf in Tokyo, Japan. Ioka is one of the modern-day legends of the lower-weight divisions.

A four-division champion, the current WBA belt-holder is also on a mission to unify 115. Bam is favoring Ioka to outbox Martinez and said he’d be more than willing to face the Japanese legend in his home country of Japan.

Of course, this is contingent on Ioka taking care of business on July 7. If he does, all roads seem headed toward a showdown between Bam and the Japanese fistic legend. The hardcore boxing masses would welcome it with open arms. It would qualify as a mega-fight, especially if it were to occur in Japan.

Whether it’s Ioka or Martinez, Bam believes he’s the man to beat at junior bantamweight and is ready to roll over anyone in the division to prove his point.

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