Kazuto Ioka vs Aston Palicte: WBO Title Bout Set June 19

Kazuto Ioka and Aston Palicte Will Both Get a Second Opportunity at the WBO 115lbs Title

Kazuto Ioka vs Aston Palicte
Kazuto Ioka (left) vs Aston Palicte (right) June 19 for the vacant WBO 115lbs title.

Kazuto Ioka vs Aston Palicte set for the vacant WBO super flyweight title!

In September 2018, Aston Palicte fought Donnie Nietes for the vacant WBO Super Flyweight title with the fight ending in a controversial draw. Many believed Nietes won that fight and apparently so did the WBO.

As a result, he was immediately given another shot at the vacant title three months later against three-division champion Kazuto Ioka. The Filipino star would be involved in another controversial decision, however, this one went his way.

Nietes subsequently vacated the WBO title on February 28, 2019 in hopes of seeking bigger money fights as he winds down what has been an outstanding career.

With him vacating the title it, was anticipated Ioka would fight for the vacant title, presumably against Palicte. The latter rebounded in the title eliminator when he stopped Miguel Cotto protege Jose Martinez in January 2019.

Therefore unsurprisingly, 3KingsBoxing has learned #2 Ioka (23-2, 13KO) and #1 Palicte (25-2-1,21KO) will square off for the vacant WBO title June 19 in Tokyo. To the pleasure of U.S. fight fans, the bout is viewable via the UFC Fight Pass streaming service.

This bout is a contrast of styles between the boxing skill of Ioka and the aggression and power of Palicte. For fans of the lower weights in the U.S, it’s fantastic the fight will be available in the States.

Stay tuned to 3KingsBoxing.com for extensive coverage as well as a preview of what looks to be an excellent fight!

By: Michael Wilson Jr.

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