Senzo Ikeda replaces Andrew Leone, joins flyweight Grand Prix
Reigning flyweight King of Pancrase Senzo Ikeda has signed on for the ONE Championship flyweight Grand Prix. He replaces Andrew Leone and will face Danny Kingad in Tokyo on March 31st.
Ikeda (12-6-1) is riding a four fight winning streak that culminated in a stoppage win over Yuka Wakamatsu last year. He also holds a perfect professional boxing record of 8-0, with wins over some top Japanese contenders.
The unfortunate Leone appears to have withdrawn with a back injury. ONE Championship recently announced a partnership with Pancrase that will see all champions from the Japanese promotion given the opportunity to compete on the international stage with the Singapore headquartered organization.
Ikeda faces Kingad (11-1) at ONE: ‘A New Era’ and joins Japanese fighters Tatsumitu Wada and Wakamatsu in the flyweight tournament. All four quarter finals are set to take place on the same night.
ONE: ‘A New Era’ is set for the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo and is being hailed as the biggest card in the promotion’s history. It features former UFC champions Demetrious Johnson and Eddie Alvarez as well as four title fights.