Japan's Sho Ishida (17-0, 9) successfully claimed his first title earlier today as he out pointed fellow Japanese fighter Yohei Tobe (8-2-1, 5) and seized the Japanese Super Flyweight belt.
The contest, being fought on Dangan 110, was a contest between two highly skilled fighters and was often fought like a high speed chess match with the jab and movement of both men being the notable feature of the fight. Unfortunately for Tobe the jab of Ishida was more impressive in the eyes of the judges, at least early on.
Through the first 5 rounds it was generally nip and tuck though all 3 judges felt that Ishida was winning the bout, two of them rendering card of 48-47 in favour of the challenger whilst one judge some how saw the bout as a shut out for Ishida.
The fight changed somewhat in the second half as Tobe, feeling his title was slipping, changed is tactics and became more willing to go towards Ishida in an attempt to cut the distance and get to neutralise the difference in speed. Sadly for Tobe the alteration wasn't a successful one and he ended up merely eating more right hands and counters from Ishida who continued to do just enough to impress the judges.
At the final bell Ishida knew he'd been in the toughest fight of his career though with cards of 96-94, 96-94 and 97-93 he had done it, he had claimed the Japanese Super Flyweight title, depriving Tobe in what was his first attempted defence.
Ranked by the WBA and the WBO we're assuming Ishida will now turn his focus to a world title fight. He may target the OPBF title, currently held by Arthur Villanueva, but we imagine that he'll feel confident in skipping that level in favour of fighting someone for a world title if the opportunity can arise. Fr Tobe the loss is a set back but we don't have any fears in him being able to bounce back, it wasn't a damaging loss and it was to another very highly regarded fighter. Odds are if Ishida vacates then Tobe will get another chance sooner rather than later.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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