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  • Kazuto Ioka of Japan, right, punches Jose Rodriguez of Mexico in the sixth round of their scheduled 12-round WBA light flyweight boxing title bout at Bodymaker Colosseum Osaka, Japan, Monday, Dec. 31, 2012. Ioka defeated Rodriguez with a technical knockout in the sixth round to become new champion. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT, NO LICENSING IN CHINA, HONG KONG, JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA AND FRANCE

Monday, December 31, 2012 10:12 am

Ioka beats Rodriguez for WBA light flyweight title

The Associated Press

Kazuto Ioka of Japan won the vacant WBA light flyweight title Monday by stopping Jose Rodriguez of Mexico in the sixth round.

Ioka dominated from the outset and sent Rodriguez to the canvas twice before the bout was stopped after 2 minutes, 50 seconds of the sixth round. Ioka, who is also the WBC straw weight champion, improved his unbeaten record to 11 wins, including seven KOs. Rodriguez has 28 wins, including 17 KOs and two defeats.

On the undercard, Japan's Ryo Miyazaki won a split decision over Thailand's Pornsawan Porpramook to capture the vacant WBA minimum weight title.

Two judges scored the bout 116-111 and 116-112 for Miyazaki while a third had it 113-114 for the former Thai champ.