NEWLYWED IOKA VACATES TITLE DUE TO LACK OF TRAINING
(This is his wife... who can blame him?)
Through an announcement made by his father, Japanese boxing superstar Kazuto Ioka vacated his WBA flyweight championship a few weeks before a scheduled title defense. Ioka is 22-1 and a three-division champ. He won a 105-pound title in his seventh pro fight and unified vs. Akira Yaegashi in his tenth pro fight befire moving up n weight. According to the father, Kazunori Ioka, Kazuto is out of shape and has not trained much since marrying Japanese pop star Nana Tanimura in May, and really, who can blame him (see picture)? Ioka's popularity is such that the door will always be open for the 28 year old's return. The vacant title will likely be contested by Artem Dalakian (15-0) of the Ukraine, who was Ioka's mandatory contender.