Amnat Ruenroeng ended the fairytale run of former world champion Kazuot Ioka preventing the Japanese fighter from claiming a fourth world title in a third weight division on Wednesday.
In the process, the 34 year-old extended his unbeaten run to 13-0, whilst ending Ioka’s own perfect record, to keep his IBF flyweight title via a split decision victory on the scorecards.
Judge Pawel Kardvni handed in a wide points margin for the champion 119-108, although Eddie Hernandez saw it much closer at 115-112, with Hilton Whitaker scoring it for the ten-year younger Ioka 114-113.
Ruenroeng’s triumph means Ioka drops to 14-1 in what was the ex-minimumweight and light-flyweight world title holder’s ninth straight championship fight and sixth at the Bodymaker Colosseum. A rematch between the two now becomes a distinct possibility.
In chief support, Kasturani Takayama kept hold of his IBF minimumweight belt with a 117-108, 115-112 (twice) victory over Shin Ono, whilst further down the card, Sho Ishida improved to 16-0 by stopping debutant Brukluk Kor Narong in two rounds.
In other results, there were wins for Masayoshi Nakatani and Takahiro Yamamoto via unanimous points decision and third round TKO repectively.
Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay for tweets of upcoming news on WBN