Ruenroeng shocks Ioka with split world title win, Takayama defends IBF belt

Phil Jay 07/05/2014

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.

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