Earlier today the Ioka in Osaka held a press conference to announce that former world title challenger Sho Ishida (28-1, 15) [石田 匠] now knows his future plans in the ring, at least partly.
The Ioka team announced that Ishida, who is best known in the west for facing Kal Yafai, will be returning to the ring in the near future to face Mexican foe Israel Gonzalez (24-3, 11) in an IBF Super Flyweight world title eliminator. Sadly not all the details were announced with the situation not being totally clear.
Whilst Ishida will be facing Gonzalez the date and venue have not yet been decided, though the Ioka team did state that an announcement on the when and where will be made in the coming days when decisions have been made. What did seem to be decided however is that the bout is likely to take place overseas, with a reference being made to the bout being Ishida's second overseas bout.
To prepare for the bout Ishida will be looking to acclimatise to high altitude, again suggesting that Mexico will host the bout.
The winner of the bout will become the leading challenger for IBF Super Flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas (31-1-2, 21), who will defend his title in November in the US.
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In Osaka earlier today fight fans had a chance to see the latest Ioka promoted card, and although it wasn't a high profile show, by any stretch of the imagination, it was an interesting card, with several notable names on it.
The most notable of those names was former world title challenger Sho Ishida (28-1, 15) [石田 匠] who battled under-rated youngster Ikuro Sadatsune (9-4-3, 3) [定常 育郎] in an 8 round bout at Bantamweight. On paper this looked like a mismatch in favour of Ishida however Sadatsune approached the bout with the feeling that he could win, and he certainly showed no respect to Ishida, in fact the youngster responded pretty much evenly with Ishida through the fight. When Ishida picked up the pace Sadatsune went with him, forcing Ishida to to stay sharp. It was technical from both, with jabs being the order of the day, but it was very hotly contested with a brilliant back and forth.
A late point deduction for a clash of heads turned out to be meaningless to the scores, with all 3 judges having Ishida the winner, 76-75, 77-75 and 77-74, though it was clear that he got a much bigger test than he, or anyone in his team, were expecting. Sadly for Sadatsune this is a second straight close loss, but the 21 year old again showed that he belongs in the ring with this level of fighter and we're really looking forward to seeing him again shortly. He is an incredibly talented young man who will go far if he doesn't let these close losses kill his desire to fight.
Also on this card was 2014 Rookie of the Year Masayoshi Hashizume (17-0-2, 10) [橋詰将義], who was also given a surprisingly tough test as Japanese based Filipino Jayar Estremos (11-15-1, 4) put in a solid effort. Hashizume, a real talent but someone who has come across as a touch inconsistent, was always being forced to fight hard against Estremos, who was targeting the body. Hashizume proved to be too sharp and too quick, but never looked relaxed en route to a unanimous decision, with scores of 77-75, 79-75 and 79-75.
The one man from the Ioka gym who did shine was the unbeaten 22 year old Joe Shiraishi (8-0-1, 4). The 2017 Rookie of the Year winner defeated Filipino Prince Andrew Laurio (10-2-1, 7) with a 5th round KO, coming from a big straight right hand. The shot sent the Filipino visitor down for the 10 count, giving him his second straigth loss. Shiraishi looked good won he won the Flyweight Rookie crown but with only 1 fight in 2018 his rise had slowed massively, so today's win will certainly give his career a good shot in the arm.
We've known for a while that Ioka boxing gym would be promoting a card on April 21st in Osaka, though we weren't given the names of the main fighters from that card until earlier today.
Today we were informed that the chief support bout of the card would feature former Japanese title challenger and 2014 Rookie of the Year Masayoshi Hashizume (16-0-2, 10) [橋詰将義], who battles against Filipino Jayar Estremos (11-14-1, 4) in an 8 round Super Flyweight bout. This looks like a bit of a straight forward win for Hashizume, though should be a good bounce back after a draw with Takayuki Okumoto (21-8-4, 10) [奥本 貴之] last December. Given that Estremos is 1-9-1 in his last 11 it's hard to see this being competitive at all.
In the main event of this show former world title challenger Sho Ishida (27-1, 15) [石田 匠] will face off with talented youngster Ikuro Sadatsune (9-3-3, 3) [定常 育郎] in an 8 round Bantamweight. This is a huge step up in class for Sadatsune, but he's the type of fighter who seems to love being in with more proven and notable fighters. In some ways this is actually a no-win for Ishida, but we are glad to see him back in the ring.
Last week the official announcement of the WBSS semi final bout at Bantamweight between "WBA" regular champion Naoya Inoue (17-0, 15) [井上 尚弥] and IBF champion Emmanuel Rodriguez (19-0, 12).
Today Inoue took part in an event in Japan talking about the bout, along with his team, as well as doing a public work out with former world title challenger Sho Ishida (27-1, 15) [石田 匠].
Inoue spoke at the event and seemed to be excited about the bout, which seemed to be summed up as a tough match, with a champion and that he was looking forward to a battle of skill. He also mentioned that he was relieved that he could prepare for Rodriguez. When speaking about fighting Scotland, he said "I have the game in the previous Los Angeles, l'm looking forward to the first time first on in a new country and boxing appears to be popular in Britain" [Translated].
It was explained that Inoue will be heading to Guam from February 17th to February 21st, for a training camp. In regards to training promoter, Hideyuki Ohashi, stated "Although the schedule changed significantly from the beginning in March, we can do a dense exercise accordingly," [Translated] and added "There is no doubt that it will be an impressive skill fight with the same distance to bring out strength." [Translated]. Showing that he expects both men to show smart boxing skills, rather than turn out for a war. Shingo Inoue also expressed his thoughts that the bout would involve skills, "Physical and concentration is the key, it will not be as easy as it is to who will hit first." [Translated]
After speaking to the press Inoue took part in a 4 round sparring session with Ishida, who notably has experience of fighting in the UK and will likely have been selected as a training partner due to that experience.
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Earlier today fight fans at the EDION Arena Osaka had the chance to see former world title challengers collide, with once beaten Japanese fighter Sho Ishida (27-1, 15) [石田 匠] taking on Japanese based Filipino Warlito Parrenas (26-9-1, 23).
On paper the bout looked like a mismatch, especially given the fact Parrenas had been stopped last time out by Ryuichi Funai and was now 35 years old. Surprisingly however he gritted his teeth and gave Ishida a surprisingly tough contest, despite a nightmare start.
Ishida had the clear edge in speed, and looked to make that count, but Parrenas managed to land right hands to the body of Ishida, who returned with left hooks to the midsection. In round 2 Parrenas was dropped as one of the body shots from Ishida broke through and he went for the early finish, dropping the Filipino again. It looked like we were going to be seeing the Filipino suffer his 7th stoppage loss, but Parrenas had other things in mind and really gritted his teeth to get his way back into the bout.
Parrenas recovered well from the nightmare he had n round 2, and managed to cut Ishida in round 4, around the right eye, from clean punches. Ishida had good success afterwards, landing sharp and clean punches, but would end up having his nose bloodied as Parrenas' power took it's toll.
Despite his success Parrenas was well behind on the scorecards, with Ishida winning courtesy of scores of scores of 78-74, 78-73 and 78-72. Parrenas seemed to hint this would be his final bout. He was competitive at times, though knew he couldn't match the speed of Ishida, which limited his successes. As for Ishida he spoke about winning a world title next year, and wanting to have a unified title bout with former stablemate Kazuto Ioka (22-1, 13) [井岡一翔], who fights for the WBO Super Flyweight title on December 31st.
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