By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF Flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng (12-0, 5 KOs) was impressive in winning the title against Rocky Fuentes recently will now defend the championship against Kazuto Ioka (14-0, 9 KOs) on May 7, 2014 in Osaka, Japan. The Japanese boxer has held world titles at 105 pounds as WBA and WBC champion and also at 108 pounds as the WBA champion and is attempting to become a three division world champion by defeating Ruenroeng to become IBF flyweight champion. The Thai world champion Ruenroeng defeated Ioka in the amateur ranks and has predicted to emulate that victory as a professional in Osakaon May 7.
“I defeated Kazuto Ioka in 2007 in Thailand and I am confident I will be victorious again on May 7 in Japan when we will clash for the IBF flyweight title,” said Ruenroeng.
“Ioka has defeated three Thai boxers including a knockout win over Oleydong Sithsamerchai to capture the WBC mini flyweight title. He also retained the WBA jr flyweight title by scoring a knockouts over Wisanu Kokietgym and Kwanthai Sithmorseng. I promise to avenge those defeats by Ioka by retaining my IBF title against Ioka in Japan and then challenge and defeat China’s star boxer Zou Shiming in Macau!”
Jimmy Chaichotchuang who manages Ruenroeng said, “The Flyweight division is hot in Asia where the IBF champion is the
unbeaten Thai Amnat Ruenroeng while Japan has two division world champion Kazuto Ioka and China has two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Zou Shiming. One of them will make history in Asian boxing. I am excited to see Ruenroeng to fight both Kazuto Ioka and Zou Shiming.”