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Jonathan Guzman punishes Shingo Wake to earn IBF title

Kazuto Ioka paved the way for a battle with Juan Francisco Estrada by defending his flyweight title.

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Carl Frampton’s once-held IBF super bantamweight title, left behind in his rise to featherweight, now belongs to the Dominican Republic’s Jonathan Guzman, who stopped Shingo Wake earlier today in the latter’s native Japan.

Guzman (22-0, 22 KO) dominated throughout, scoring four knockdowns in the first five rounds and sweeping the first ten on every judge’s scorecard. Wake (20-5-2, 12 KO), who had never been stopped as a professional, sported one hell of a mouse under his right eye when the referee intervened one round later and put an end to his ten-fight winning streak.

At just twenty-seven, "Salomon King" has established himself as a real player at 122 pounds. I’d love to see him lock horns with the rest of the division elite.

Kazuto Ioka (20-1, 12 KO) scored the third defense of his WBA flyweight title with an eleventh-round knockout of Keyvin Lara (18-2-1, 6 KO), setting up a mandatory battle with "super" champion Juan Francisco Estrada later this year. Good stuff.