Kazuto Ioka v Jerwin Ancajas Super Flyweight Unification Bout Set
On December 31 in Tokyo, Japan, two lower-weight stars will clash in a tantalizing unification bout! Three-division world champion Kazuto Ioka (27-2, 15KOs) and Jerwin “Pretty Boy” Ancajas (33-1-2, 22KOs) will be putting their super flyweight titles on the line. Ioka, who holds the WBO title will look to continue adding to his already excellent resume by disposing of the very tough and talented Ancajas, who holds the IBF title.
Ioka, who defeated Donnie Nietes in December of 2018 to win the WBO strap, has made three title defenses. His last ring appearance was against Francisco Rodriguez Jr in September. There, he won a unanimous decision. As for Ancajas, he’s the long-reigning IBF super flyweight champion, having made nine consecutive title defenses.
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This matchup features fighters with very different fighting styles and skill sets. Kazuto Ioka is a technician with elite boxing skills. His counterpunching ability has often left opponents hesitant to commit to throwing punches. Furthermore, his ring IQ is also on par with the best of the best in the sweet science.
Ancajas is a puncher with solid boxing skills and a fan-friendly style. Hailing from the Philippines, Pretty Boy has been involved in some action-packed fights and has a chin that’s been proven against some big punchers. His last ring appearance came against Jonathan Javier Rodriguez in April, where he cruised to a unanimous decision.
This fight should be marked on your calendar as it will surely provide explosive action between two excellent fighters.
Hopefully the winner will go on to face the winner of the Juan Francisco Estrada-Roman Gonzalez trilogy bout taking place in 2022 and have the WBA and WBC titles on the line.
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By: Jerrell Fletcher