Kazuto Ioka became the first Japanese fighter to win world titles in 4 weight divisions by stopping Filipino challenger Aston Palicte in the 10th round of their bout in Chiba city, Japan on Wednesday.
The win gave Ioka the World Boxing Organization world superflyweight crown, his fourth division championship after claiming belts in the minimumweight, light-flyweight and flyweight categories.
Palicte, 28 had an astounding start by dominating Ioka with his precise jab-straight combo, until the 7th round where the Palicte seemingly hurt the hometown fighter with countless uppercuts.
Palicte apparently punched himself out in that 7th canto as he started to miss his shots in the 8th, allowing Ioka to work his way back into the fight with punishing shots to the head and body of Palicte.
Tables were turned in the 9th as the more experienced Ioka, in his 17th world title fight, started to throw punishing counter blows against Palicte, who was fighting in only his second world title contest.
In the 10th, Ioka threw a smashing overhand right to Palicte’s face, wobbling Palicte, which turned out to be the signal for the Japanese champion to go for the kill.
Vicious blows from Ioka forced referee Kenny Chevalier to halt the bout at the 1:15 mark of the round.
Ioka, 30, raised his record to 24-2, 14 via knockouts while Palicte fell to 25-3-1, 21 via the short route.
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