Donnie Knights shot to win world title in Kazuto Ioka vs Rematch

File: Donnie Knights of the Philippines fights Kazuto Ioka of Japan during the WBO Super Flyweight title bout on December 31, 2018 in Macau, Macau.  (Photo by Kevin Lee / Getty Images)

File: Donnie Knights of the Philippines fights Kazuto Ioka of Japan during the WBO Super Flyweight title bout on December 31, 2018 in Macau, Macau. (Photo by Kevin Lee / Getty Images)

MANILA, Philippines – Donnie Knights is set to play Japan’s Kazuto Yoka for the World Boxing Junior Bantamweight title at the Ota City General Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan on July 13.

The Filipino fighter wanted to regain the belt he won in 2018, so Problem announced the renewal of the contest on Wednesday, which he abandoned shortly after the fight.

The fight will be promoted by presenting Sankio Lifetime Boxing Fights 9.

“This is the fight I wanted the most and I’m incredibly interested in winning my world title,” Knights said. “I’ve been training for this fight since February but when I knew it was confirmed I really raised my level.”

The former four-weight champion, who has won world titles in minimum weight, lightweight, flyweight and 115lbs, is keen to show off his skills on Ioka, whom he defeated in their first meeting on December 31, 2018 by split decision.

“This rematch made me excited and when I vacated the title in 2018 I always thought that one day I would win it again. On July 13, that dream will come true, ”he said.

The 40-year-old boxer, who held the 43-1-6 record with 23 knockouts, returned to action after defeating Pablo Carrillo by a unanimous decision in April last year. But he was set for a split draw against Norbelto Jimenez last December.

However, Ioka, who has a 28-2 card with 15 KOs, has won five matches in a row since losing to Nitesh. He defeated his Japanese colleague Ryoji Fukunaga on December 31.

“Donnie is a boxing legend and a sure-fire Hall of Fame inclusion in the future. But his career is not over, there is a lot left in the tank and when he travels to Japan and snatches the world title from Kazuto Ioka in July ৷ 13, it is the greatest victory of his extraordinary career. Will have a place, “said Richard Schaefer, president of Problem. “For Nietzsche, reclaiming the title he first won almost four years ago and achieving it in the backyard of a great champion will make it even more special.”

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