Earlier today fight fans in Neyegawa City will got the chance to see an interesting card, which was held as a joint promotional venture by three different promotional outfits. One of those was the Neyagawa Ishida Boxing Club, run by Nobuhiro Ishida, who were playing a part in the promotion of a show for the very first time.
It was Ishida's fighter Shione Ogata (10-6, 2) [緒方汐音] who headlined the show, fighting in the card's main event. It was also Ogata who claimed the biggest win of her career as she over-came former world title challenger Erika Hanawa (9-3, 3) [塙英理加] to become the new WBO Asia Pacific female Light Flyweight champion.
Ogata boxed smartly through out, and although she spent quite a bit of the fight on the back foot she smartly used her jab to set up her straight right hand, and timed her left hooks brilliantly to stop the charges of Hanawa.
Hanawa certainly showed her hunger, rarely showing anything but aggression, but lacked the skills and know how to make the more of her offensive forays.
With the gold around the waist of Ogata it seems like Ishida is planning big things, and spoke about wanting to get his star a world title fight in Japan. It's clear that Ishida has big aspirations for both Ogata and the gym and it's fantastic to see him chasing gold for his fighters, despite the gym only being a relatively new one.
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Earlier today there was a press conference to announce a joint promoted card to take place in Neyagawa City, Osaka. The card will be promoted by the well established Green Tsuda gym, alongside the pretty notable Taisei Boxing Gym and the relatively new Neyagawa Ishida Boxing Club.
Although joint promotions aren't that rare in Japan this is a pretty notable coming together with Green Tsuda having promoted the two men charge of the other two promotional outfits. They managed Taisei Marumoto, who leads the Taisei gym, and the popular Nobuhiro Ishida, who is in charge of the Neyagawa Ishida Boxing Club. And from what we understand it seems like the show could be part of an ongoing relationship between the 3, who all seemed incredible respectful at the press conference.
Sadly whilst the promotion of the card is an interesting one, and the show is set to receive notable sponsorship from those in Neyagawa, the actual card isn't that exciting.
The main event will see the Ishida promoted Shione Ogata (9-6, 2) [緒方汐音] battling against Erika Hanawa (9-2, 3) [塙英理加], with the two fighters trading blows for the WBO Asia Pacific Light Flyweight title. Whilst it's not a big bout it should be an interesting one, and could be a great way for Ishida's gym to get a notable regional title and get a fighter to move towards a potential world title fight.
The most notable name from the Green Tsuda gym is Ryosuke Nasu (8-3-3, 2) [那須亮祐], who goes up against Japanese ranked Kenta Matsui (8-8, 1) [松井謙太], who will be looking to end a 2 fight losing streak.
Taisei's most notable fighter on the card will be Hikaru Matsuoka (13-4-3, 1) [松岡輝], who will be in the chief support bout of the card, who will be looking to over-come Yo Konomura (8-7-2, 2) [此村勇] in a Super Bantamweight bout.
The popular former fighter Nobuhiro Ishida retired from active fighting in 2015, following a split decision loss to Kyotaro Fujimoto in a Japanese Heavyweight title fight. Following his retirement he has remained in the sport and opened his own boxing gym, the "Neyagawa Ishida Boxing Club" (NIBC).
Originally the NIBC was only an amateur boxing gym, until recently when it joined the professional leagues and became part of the Japanese Professional Boxing Association (JPBA).
The gym held an event earlier today to celebrate their professional affiliation and it was a notable event with more than 200 guests, including keys figures from the boxing scene such as Hozumi Hasegawa. The event seemed to make not only the NIBC turning professional but also the success of Ishida since starting his gym, showing just how popular he remains among the Osakan fight scene.
It's now known that 3 members of the gym have already got professional licenses, with another expected to gain one in May, and the first professional bout by a fighter from the NIBC will take place on April 2nd in Osaka, showing the gym aren't going to be waiting long for their fighters to make their mark.
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Popular former Japanese fighter Nobuhiro Ishida [石田 順裕] retired last from professional boxing and opened a gym in Osaka.
Originally the gym was only open to those looking for a place to get fit and for amateur fighters looking to hone their skills. Today however it was announced that Ishida's gym was now open for professional fighters looking to join his gym and fight under his gym's banner.
The gym officially became part of the JPBA on November 8th. At the moment there isn't any professional's currently at the gym but there are 5 fighters looking to turn professional in the near future, with the first of those being a Heavyweight who will take part in their protest in December. The plan then is for others to take part in their protest bouts in Spring.
The gym, the Neyagawa Ishida Boxing Club, also has plans to send fighters to the US to train in the near future, following in the footsteps of Ishida himself, who trained in the US as well as Japan during his memorable career.
For those interested in learning more about Ishjida's boxing gym the link to the website is here- http://www.neyagawa-boxing.com
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On November 9th Japanese fans will get the chance to see the heavy handed Koki Tyson Maebara (9-1-1, 9) take part in his first title bout, as he battles OPBF and Japanese champion Akio Shibata (26-8-1, 12) in what looks to be a brilliant match up between the old guard and the emerging hopeful.
Today, ahead of that bout, Maebara took part in open training session with the popular and well known Nobuhiro Ishida (27-11-2, 11), who retired this year after losing a split decision in a Japanese Heavyweight title fight.
The session saw the two men linking up, as they have done numerous times in the past, and sparring in what was interesting session.
Aged 40 Ishida looked in great shape and held his own in terms of skills however the key thing that was noted was that Maebara had the speed and strength to force Ishida on to the retreat, almost at will. He'll be hoping to use that same strength, speed and power when he faces Shibata in what should be a genuine intriguing test for the 22 year old hopeful.
Given that the two men had sparred in the past, and had shown a lot of respect to each other, it was interesting to note that Ishida seemed to feel that Maebara had improved markedly from when they first stepped in the ring together. That could well be bad news for Shibata, who at 33 seems to be on the back end of his career.
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