Kazuto Ioka vacates WBA belt / Gavronski v Hernandez update

Jesus Milano 15/11/2017

Sumio Yamada

The World Boxing Association (WBA) Flyweight title has become vacant after the official resignation of Japanese Kazuto Ioka, former Champion of the category.

The information was made official by the Japanese team through an email sent to the WBA Championships Committee.

The future of the division will be informed as soon as possible by the Championships Committee, following the steps indicated in the WBA Rules.

Mike Gavronski and Andrew Hernandez will step in the ring at the Emerald Queen Casino, in Washington, to fight for the WBA-NABA Super middleweight Championship (168 pounds) on Saturday night.

The fighters, both Americans, are aiming to get good opportunities in the short term and the fight for the vacant belt will help them climb another position on that path. Gavronski, a 31-year-old veteran, comes from beating the experienced Brian Vera, and will fight against Hernandez, who is the same age as him and has two defeats but does not want to waste this chance.

Gavronski has 24 wins, 2 losses and 1 draw, with 15 knockouts. Hernandez has 19 wins, 7 losses, 1 draw and 9 knockouts.