Today all that changed as we managed to find a few pictures of Ishida in all his Heavyweight glory.
The first of those pictures, taken in the gym, saw Ishida posing and looking in damned good shape for a man who has put on more than 40lbs in recent months. In fact it's hard to believe that this was the same man who had won Japanese and WBA interim titles at Light Middleweight, 154lbs.
Although Ishida wasn't rippling with muscles in the picture he looked to have bulked up in an amazing way. He appealts to have gone from from being a lanky, tall bean-pole into a thick set fighter with a strong looking body that actually suits his 6'1.5" frame.
Sure no one will mistake Ishida for a fully blown Heavyweight giant like Wladimir Klitschko or Deontay Wilder but he looks in better shape than a number of world level Heavyweights at the moment. In fact Ishida looks almost like the ideal Cruiserweight and interestingly he has been sparring top Cruisers such as Denis Lebedev, the current WBA champion.
We had, when it was announced that he was going to Heavyweight, thought Ishida was going to end up looking more like a sumo wrestler than a boxer though have to admit the way he has put weight on has been nothing short of mind blowing. The weight has been added to his arms with thicker biceps, his body has thickened up suiting his frame and even though he was posing a little bit there appears to be no doubting that this is a man in fantastic shape.
Of course at 200lbs to 210lbs he will still be significantly smaller than his up coming opponent Kyotaro Fujimoto (8-1, 5) though looking at the shape he's in we expect Ishida will actually look the better man in the ring.
It's hard to say what Ishida will actually look like when it comes to fight night, not just in terms of aesthetics but also in terms of his boxing, but if he has managed to keep some of his speed and movement from his Light Middleweight days he could well upset the Japanese champion in their scheduled 8 round contest.
For those wanting our view on the fight we do now have our preview of the bout up.
(Photos courtesy of Nobuhiro Ishida's own blog)