Earlier today Japanese fight fans at the EDION Arena Osaka had the chance to see former world title challenger Sho Ishida (26-1, 15) [石田 匠] take on Filipino puncher Richard Claveras (18-5-2, 15) and score stoppage win over the visitor.
The talented Ishida, who is best known for losing a decision to WBA Super Flyweight champion Kal Yafai, fought well behind his jab, despite taking some shots from Claveras, for the first 3 rounds. Early in round 4 however Ishida got through with some powerful right hands, that hurt the visitor and a follow up forced the referee to stop the bout.
After the bout Ishida spoke to the press and stated that he was was wanting to to have another challenge at a world title, and it seems like he's looking to work his way back into contention, something that today's win will certainly help him with. The Super Flyweight division is a stacked one right now, but Ishida does seem to be more confident in his ability following the loss to Yafai and it does seem like he is really maturing fight by fight.
Interestingly Ishida did speak about a possible showdown with former stablemate Kazuto Ioka (22-1, 13) [井岡一翔], who is set to return to the ring as a Super Flyweight in September. Ishida stated that he was happy for Ioka to return, but that he would have to make sure he didn't if he did take on his former gym mate. Saying that however he said the possibility of the bout taking place is very low.
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Earlier today fight fans in Osaka had the chance to see OPBF Lightweight champion Masayoshi Nakatani (16-0, 10) [中谷 正義] record his 9th defense of the title, as he over-came Thai foe Pharanpetch Tor Buamas (22-3, 18) [AKA Amphol Suriyo] in a 1-sided affair.
The Japanese fighter used his height and reach to dictate the distance from the off, using his jab and movement to keep the much shorter Thai at arms reach. It wasn't an exciting start but one that saw Nakatani control the bout and stay safe, away from the vaunted power of the Thai slugger.
As the rounds went on Nakatani slow broke down the challenger and in round 3 Nakatani began to unload his right hand. The round was one of the few where the Thai had some success, landing some body shots, but it was over shadowed by the better work of Nakatani who again showed off his skills up close when he needed to. The following round a head clash took place, cutting the challenger over the left eye and left him bleeding as well as looking unable to really pressure the champion. Things went from bad to worse for for Pharanpetch in round 5 as he was dropped late in the round. He was then stopped the following round as Nakatani dropped him for the 10 count.
The idea now seems to be for Nakatani to chase world titles, but this seems to have been the idea for quite some time and it's become a bit of a frustrating for fans of the fighter.
On the under-card fans saw former world title challenger Sho Ishida (25-1, 14) [石田 匠] score a 3rd round KO win against big punching Thai Lucky Tor Buamas (12-2, 12) [Ratchanon Sawangsoda], who went down for the count following a body shot. There was also wins for Masayoshi Hashizume (15-0-1, 10) [橋詰将義] and Kazusa Arai (3-1, 2) [新井一颯], who both scored decisions, however the once touted Futa Akizuki (10-2, 8) [秋月楓大] suffered his second straight loss, losing a shock decision to Takuya Fujioka (8-8-1, 1) [藤岡拓弥].
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Almost 2 weeks ago we reported that OPBF Lightweight champion Masayoshi Nakatani (15-0, 9) [中谷 正義] would be defending his title on February 24th at the Edion arena in Osaka. At the time we had no other details about the card, no confirmation of his opponent or under-card bouts. Thankfully though we have no got some more infomation on the Ioka promoted card.
Firstly we now know that Nakatani will be defending his title against Thai foe Pharanpetch Tor Buamas (22-2, 18) [AKA Amphol Suriyo], who entersd the bout ranked #7 at Lightweight by the OPBF, 2 places ahead of Nihito Arakawa. Coming in to this the Thai is on a 4 fight stoppage run, albeit against weak opponents in Thailand, following a stoppage loss to Brandon Ogilvie in 2016. It's hard to see what the challenger will be able to do against such a talented champion and we really can't see the challenger having the skills to test the talented Nakatani, though Pharanpetch may have the power to trouble Nakatani if he manages to land clean.
The main supporting bout will be ring return of former world title challenger Sho Ishida (24-1, 13) [石田 匠], who will be up against big punching Thai Lucky Tor Buamas (12-1, 12) [Ratchanon Sawangsoda], who enters the bout as an OPBF ranked fighter with a lot to lose. This will be Ishida's first bout since his 2017 loss to Kal Yafai in the UK and will be his chance to re-establish himself before beginning to rebuild towards a second world title fight. As for Lucky this bout is a potential platform for him to force his name into the world title picture, if he can pick up the upset.
Others on the card include Masayoshi Hashizume (14-0-1, 10) [橋詰将義], who will be seeking a retiurn to winning ways following a draw, and 17 year old Kazusa Arai (2-1, 2) [新井一颯] and 19 year old Futa Akizuki (10-1,8) [秋月楓大], who will both be looking to bounce back from their first defeats.
This past weekend we saw Japan's Sho Ishida (24-1, 13) [石田 匠] suffer his first professional defeat, as he lost a unanimous decision to WBA Super Flyweight champion Khalid Yafai (23-0, 14) in the UK, in what was a thoroughly forgettable bout. The bout had moments where Ishida looked top class, but in the end he was far too passive and negative on foreign soil to ever really give himself a chance against.
Today he arrived back in Japan and stated that he wasn't able to make excuses because he lost but that he was going to continue to fight on, and it was obvious that he feels he's good enough to become a world champion down the line.
Unfortunately Ishida's performance against Yafai failed to really impress, as he would have hoped to. Despite that it was very obvious he does have a lot of talent, with his confidence and general pacing needing improvement. Hopefully the loss will help him develop on those flaws, as it was obvious that he troubled Yafai with his his speed and size, but lacked the power and belief to beat the Englishman, who had been an almost unbackable favourite.
There is no news on when Ishida will return, but he didn't seem to take much damage against Yafai and could well return either vey late this year or very early in 2018, as he begins to his journey toward a second world title bout.
Later today we'll see Japan's Sho Ishida (24-0, 13) [石田 匠] battle against WBA Super Flyweight champion Khalid Yafai (22-0, 14) in Wales, in what will be a mandatory defense for Yafai and Ishida's first world title fight.
Yesterday the two men took part in their weigh in for the contest, and both men made weight for the contest, in fact both fighters have come in under the 115lb limit.
On the scales the champion was 114.5lbs and looked in good shape. Despite being significantly shorter than the challenger he looked the naturally stronger fighter and was much thicker and wider than Ishida.
As for Ishida he was slightly heavier, though was also under the limit. Ishida wasseveral inches taller that Yafai but certainly much slimmer around the body and looked like a fighter who was potentially a little drainer, but certainly no more than he has been in other recent bouts.
Sho Ishida looks to steal the show and claim WBA title against Kal Yafai!
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