Earlier today, Sunday, fans in Toyonaka had the chance to attend a Nobuhiro Ishida promoted card at the 176BOX.
It wasn't a big show, but it was a notable one as it was the first show to be promoted solely by Ishida, who is best known in the west for his win over James Kirkland.
Ishida packed the card with some of his most notable fighters, and whilst not all the results went his way, there was big wins for two of his brightest youngsters.
One of the brightest hopes on the show was Rei Nakajima (2-0) [中島玲], who took a wide 6 round decision over Korean visitor Se Yul Yang (3-4-2, 1). The Korean showed his toughness and was under pressure through the 6 rounder, but fought back and served a genuine test for Nakajima, who had cruised to victory on his debut with no issues at all.
The other bright youngster picking up a win was the very fan friendly Aso Ishiwaki (7-2-1, 5) [石脇麻生], who scored a 3rd round win over the limited but heavy handed Takuya Matsusaka (8-9, 7) [松坂拓哉]. The bout saw Ishiwaki flirting with the 140lb division and despite the move up in weight he remained a strong, powerful bully, breaking down Matsusaka. Not only was this a step up in weight for Ishiwaki but was also against a southpaw and he seemed impressed by his own performance. The win sees Ishiwaki progress to an A class license and he's now aiming to face a ranked opponent of some kind next time out.
Sadly Ishida's female fighters had a show to forget. Veteran Momoko Kanda (10-11-2, 4) [神田桃子] was beaten by Kaori Nagai (4-2-3, 2) [長井香織], with Nagai taking a 6 round split decision over Kanda whilst Shione Ogata (11-6-1, 3) [緒方汐音] was left with a 3rd round technical draw on her record following a bout with Filipino foe Gretel de Paz (5-5-2, 2). Ogata was cut from a headclash part way through round 3 and the bout was stopped soon afterwards.
Whilst the card wasn't perfect for Ishida he does appear to have two real prospects within his stable, with Nakajima and Ishiwaki both being worthy of attention as their careers develop.
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Earlier today OPBF, WBO Asia Pacific and WBA Asia female Light Flyweight champion Shione Ogata (11-6, 3) [緒方汐音], along with talented stablemate Rei Nakajima (1-0) [中島 玲] and promoter Nobuhiro Ishida, attended a special event with a local mayor in Osaka.
The event, which saw the Neyagawa Ishida Boxing Club owner and two of his most notable fighters meet with Mayor Nagauchi in Toyonaka city,, Osaka, and speak about upcoming plans.
Whilst these type of events do take place quite regularly they are often worth noting due to small announcements being made about a fighter's future.
Today's event saw Ishida announce that Ogata would be back in the ring in September, fighting in Toyonaka city. Her opponent wasn't announced, and neither were the details of the bout, but it's good to know that the inform Ogata is preparing for her next bout. The mayor was thanked for supporting the fighter, who is a rare regional triple crown winner and offered more support to both Ogata and Nakajima.
Nakajima, who made his debut earlier this month after a stellar amateur career, stated that he wanted to become a world champion like Mr Ishida, and whilst he certainly has a hard task on his hands, few will complain about his dominating debut, which saw him do everything but stop Sosuke Sakata on July 12th.
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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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