Ismael Salas, coach of the Japanese four-weight champion Kazuto Yoki (26-2-0, 15 KO), who burst into the pound-for-pound rating earlier this year, said that his player could rise to the fifth division for himself and get along with the main star of his country and another member of the ranking – Naoya Inoue (20-0-0, 17 KO).
“The reality is that Tanaka was a young and hungry fighter, but he never met anyone of Ioka’s class. And when that happens, the more experienced fighter usually wins. And so it happened.
He told me he didn’t want to stay in the sport, but he was interested in moving to the 118-pound division. Although so far this is only talk. Kazuto wants to end his career in the States, and that means meeting Inoue, which I think the fans would love, ”Salas said.