Just a day after the news broke of Nobuhiro Ishida (25-10-2, 10) wanting a rematch with Japanese Heavyweight champion Kyotaro Fujimoto (9-1, 5) we've seen the bout shot down.
Whilst Ishida wants the bout, and we mean he really wants the bout, it seems that Fujimoto doesn't want it at all and in fact he's been quoted in the Japanese media as being "not interested" in facing Ishida for a second time.
In their first meeting, fought last year, many felt Ishida had been jobbed to Fujimoto to defend the decision of the JBC to not authorise their bout as a 10 round title contest and to keep Fujimoto's career going with some momentum. It seems that Fujimoto also realises he was fortunate to win and has realised he may not be as lucky in a rematch.
It's a shame to see Fujimoto avoiding a rematch with Ishida though it is understandable, after all which Heavyweight wants to risk losing their title to a former Light Middleweight? Though it's still disappointing to see Fujimoto avoid his toughest domestic rival.
It's not all bad news however and the JBC could rank Ishida with a top ranking forcing Fujimoto to either fight or vacate. If Fujimoto vacates then Ishida gets the moral victory and could get a chance to fight for the vacant title against another Japanese Heavyweight, such as Kotatsu Takehara, who also gave Fujimoto a very tough bout when they fought late last year.
(Image courtesy of http://www.kadoebi.com/)
Video below, courtesy of, Mantagu, features the Ishida/Fujimoto bout in full and possibly shows why Fujimoto is "not interested".
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