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    IBO champ Rey Loreto eyeing marquee fights against Lopez, Yaegashi

    May 9, 2016

    REY Loreto hopes to cash in on his string of impressive victories to gain a major world title shot, even as he has yet to collect his winnings from a fight last year in South Africa.

    The reigning International Boxing Organization (IBO) light flyweight champion (108 lbs.) said he is looking to get a shot at either WBC champion Ganigan Lopez or IBF champion Akira Yaegashi of Japan.

    The 25-year-old Loreto (22-13, 14 knockouts) added that he doesn’t mind going down to minimumweight (105 lbs.) as he is also looking at WBA titlist Byron Rojas of Nicaragua.

    “Gusto ko sana makalaban uli ng world title sila Ganigan Lopez or sa WBA 105 na si Rojas or si Akira,” said Loreto in an online interview.

    “Oo 108 or 105 laban ko. World title na sana kung meron,” he added.

    Lopez, a Mexican boxer, has a record of 27-6 with 17 knockouts, while Akira boasts a mark of 23-5 with 12 KOs. Rojas, meanwhile, owns a record of 17-2-3 with eight knockouts.

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    Loreto beat Koji Itaki of Japan last April 24 in Hiroshima via fourth round technical knockout to improve his slate, after he received his Elorde Boxer of the Year award for 2015 along with WBA interim light flyweight champion Randy Petalcorin.

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    The Davao figher, however, remains hopeful to get his $42,000 prize money after his first-round knockout win over South African Nkosinathi Joyi last March 22, 2015 in Eastern Cape, South Africa to retain the IBO light flyweight title.

    “Wala pa rin po. Matagal na wala akong balita. Sana makuha pa ‘yun,” said Loreto.

    Loreto was able to claim the then-vacant IBO crown after beating Joyi with a spectacular knockout in 2014 in Monaco.

    Watch the highlight knockout win over Joyi below.

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