Earlier today saw the press conference for "Kamikaze 3" one of the most talked domestic cards in recent Japanese memory.
The attention from boxing fans around the world, has been centred on the much talked about Heavyweight clash between Japanese Heavyweight champion Kyotaro Fujimoto (8-1, 5) and former WBA interim Light Middleweight champion Nobuhiro Ishida (25-9-2, 10).
The fighters, pictured together with a box of chocolates, are still hoping to get the JBC to let them fight for over the 10 round scheduled but the JBC don't appear that willing to budge from their stance of the contest being a 6 rounder. They have made their appeal though and we're hoping that the fighters get their wish of extending the fight to the championship distance.
Interestingly the camp of both fighters believe that their may still be time to get the JBC to give Ishida a ranking and allow the fight to be for the Japanese title, something we had thought was clearly not going to happen.
Ishida was quoted as saying he understands that he wasn't going to win with a KO but would instead need to use his speed, skills and experience. Prior to the fight he would be travelling to Las Vegas, USA, to pick up some extra training.
As well as the Ishida/Fujimoto bout there was also further quotes on the shows only title bout, a Japanese Lightweight contest between the defending champion Yoshitaka Kato (26-5-1, 7) and Yuhei Suzuki (14-3, 11). This will be their second meeting after Kato took a close decision of Suzuki last year.
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