Japan's popular Nobuhiro Ishida (26-10-2, 10) scored his first win as a Heavyweight earlier today as he he over-came Frenchman David Radeff (5-8-2, 2) via a clear 8 round decision.
Ishida, who had narrowly lost his only other Heavyweight bout against Kyotaro Fujimoto, was fighting for the first time since he turned 39 and although he looked at times he looked like a man who has grown in to the Heavyweight division remarkably well considering he was a former Light Middleweight.
Ishida set the pace early with his jab though the French visitor did try and make the bout interesting in the middle rounds, despite being deducted a point in round 4 for pushing. The deduction however was immaterial with Ishida securing a win on all 3 cards with scores of 78-74, 78-74 and 78-73.
Although he admitted that Radeff was tough than expected Ishida did restate that he was was wanting a second bout with Japanese champion Fujimoto. Whilst we know Fujimoto has tried to state that his plans don't include Ishida it's fair to say that fans, especially internationally, do have an interest in Ishida Vs Fujimoto II. With that in mind we're hoping the bout can be made.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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