Earlier today in Osaka saw an emotional press conference being held by Green Tsuda. The conference was partially to officially announce their August 2nd card and partially to say good bye to one of their most recognisable fighters, Nobuhiro Ishida (27-11-2, 11).
It was at the press conference that Ishida announced the end of his long, 15 year, career in the ring and announced his plans for the coming future.
The 39 year old, best known for upsetting the then unbeaten James Kirkland in his US debut, has said that he's enjoyed his 15 year career which has been full of challenges though it seemed clear that he was at the end of the line with his body certainly getting on in age.
Although Ishida announced his retirement today he will actually be in the ring once more, on August 2nd, as he takes part in a public exhibition with former opponent-turned good friend Crazy Kim. The exhibition will be part of Ishida's retirement ceremony before he moves on to the next part of his retirement plan.
Although walking away from professional boxing Ishida has said that he'll be hoping to open an amateur boxing gym in Osaka.
The popular and friendly fighter will forever be known for his win over Kirkland however Ishida has accomplished a lot. He has been a Japanese, OPBF and WBA "interim" champion at 154lbs, he has challenged for Middleweight world titles and, most recently the Japanese Heavyweight crown. Unfortunately though his loss to Kyotaro Fujimoto back in April will be Ishida's final bout as a professional.
We'd like to wish Mr Ishida a happy retirement and thank him for all the excitement and fun he has given us as fans over the years. Thank you Nobuhiro!
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