The Japanese Katsuto Ioka (29-2-1, 15 KOs), WBO superfly champ, and the American Joshua Franco (18-1-3, 8 KOs), WBA champion of the same category, tied this Saturday in Tokyo, Japan, the department unification fight. With the tie, each fighter maintained his title.
With no broadcast beyond Japan, I enjoyed the hammer out the Instagram of former fighter Mikey Garcia, bro of Robert Garcia, Joshua Franco’s trainer.
It was a technical fight, in which the campaign largely belonged to the battle with Joshua Franco. Much more controlled in the launch of impacts, Katsuto Ioka tried to release impacts that had a lot more precision, saving energy.
It ends up that Franco’s assaults were performed greatly throughshooting series and with rate, which made actions difficult for Ioka. Regardless of the great picture, evidently Mikey Garcia’s transmission was made by means of cell phone, which might have impaired the analysis of some minutes of the conflict. Even so, I saw the American win in eight of the 12 rounds. The judges racked up the majority tie at 115-113 for Franco and a dual 114-114.
As anticipated, the suit was excellent for those who such as technical and strategic battles and Ioka’s minor favoritism in the wagering exchanges with 3-2, as I reported a couple of days ago, expected a difficult disagreement.
Present at the Ota-City General Gymnasium, in Tokyo, was the Mexican Juan Francisco Estrada, who beat Ramon “Chocolatito” Gonzalez 4 weeks back, winning the WBC extremely flyweight title. Potentially the promoters’ concept in taking Estrada to Japan was to start a WBO-WBA-WBC unification promotion in between the Mexican and the victor of Ioka-Franco.
With today’s draw, there is no way to anticipate the medium-term future of the classification. Just waiting.