Ioka to defend WBO 115lb belt against Nietes

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By Joe Koizumi

WBO 115-pound champion Kazuto Ioka (28-2, 15 KOs), 33, has announced today (Friday) that he will defend his belt against mandatory challenger and ex-titlist Donnie Nietes (43-1-5, 23 KOs), 40, Philippines, due to the WBO’s order in Tokyo, Japan, on July 13. Ioka dropped a hairline split decision to Nietes in Macao on New Year’s Eve in 2018, and he wished to avenge his loss to the crafty counterpuncher. It will take place at the Ota-City General Gymnasium in Tokyo to be promoted by Shisei Promotions.

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  • Nietes hasn’t looked good in his couple of fights back and he could’ve lost against Jimenez. I think he has enough experience to go the distance, but I think Ioka dominates.

  • Nietes had a good run. He’s ancient now, especially for the weight class.

    Nietes always seemed to be one of those guys that fought up or down to his level of competition. That’s why he has so many split decisions and draws.

    Personally I thought Ioka won the first fight. I expect the fight to be similar to the first but a clearer cleaner victory for Ioka.

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