The World Boxing Organization (WBO) has appointed a mandatory challenger for its champion in the second flyweight (up to 52.2 kg), Japan’s Kazuto Yoki (26-2-0, 15 KO).
It was the ex-champion of the minimum weight (up to 47.2 kg), 28-year-old Mexican Francisco Rodriguez Jr. (34-4-1, 24 KO), who moved to this division in mid-2016.
The fighter has been performing professionally since 2010. In September 2013, he went to the star Nicaraguan Roman Gonzalez, losing to him by technical knockout in the 7th round, but six months later he won the WBO belt, after which he immediately joined him with the IBF title. In July 2015, he faced off with Filipino techie Donnie Nietz and lost by unanimous decision.
32-year-old Ioka won the biggest victory of his career in his last fight, stopping the undefeated champion in three weight classes and compatriot Kosei Tanaku (15-1-0, 9 KO) in the 8th round.