The dreams of former Japanese Light Middleweight champion Nobuhiro Ishida (25-9-2, 10) have today been crushed as the Japanese Boxing Commission (JBC) have refused to allow Ishida to fight for the Japanese Heavyweight title, at least for now.
The 38 year old Ishida, who undertook a 3 round sparring session with Yamato Fujinaka (4-3, 1) earlier this month had hoped to impress the JBC. Instead the JBC seemed to have been nonplussed by Ishida's showing and have asked for more evidence of how good Ishida, as a Heavyweight, could be.
The veteran, who has faced Gennady Golovkin, Dmitry Pirog, Paul Williams and James Kirkland, has been told that he will need to either compete in another sparring session or fight in a 6 round contest at Heavyweight. Whilst both of these are straight forward enough it could be a matter of time with Ishida's 39th birthday coming in August.
This set back for Ishida is a big one and it may end up forcing him to retire before he gets a chance to take on Kyotaro Fujimoto (8-1, 5), the current Japanese champion.
Whilst it's bad news for Ishida it's not good news for Fujimoto either. It's fair to say that Fujimoto would have have wanted a fight with Ishida a name known around the world. Instead it appears that Fujimoto will need to fight a lesser known foe for his upcoming defense on April 30th.
We're hoping hoping Ishida does return in a 6 round battle against a reasonable foe and shows the skills and class that the JBC require him to show. Saying that however, we would understand fully if Ishida just bows away from competitive action and instead turns his hand to training fighters instead of fighting them.
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