A few days ago we reported that JBC (Japanese Boxing Commision) refused to allow Nobuhiro Ishida (25-9-2, 10) a chance t fight for the Japanese Heavyweight title. Ishida, a former Japanese Light Middleweight champion, was told to fight in a non-title bout to get the opportunity to earn a ranking and from there he could have gotten a title fight.
Ishida appears to have decided that he doesn't care about the title but instead just wants to prove himself against the best in the best in the country. Instead of fighting in a 6 rounder, as advised by he JBC, instead it seems like Ishida will fight against the Japanese champion Kyotaro Fujimoto (8-1, 5), pictured, in a non-title bout.
In effect this is the same bout we expected to see, and it will be scheduled for 10 rounds as title fight would have been, the only difference is the lack of a physical belt for the winner. Unfortunately for the JBC this will leave them with egg on their face if Ishida can upset the champion having been told he's not good enough for a title fight at the weight.
We're expecting this bout on April 30th, the date that was penciled in for the fight anyway.
What is interest is that the news from Kadoebihoseki is that Ishida has been encouraged to try for a ranking again next month so that the title can be on the line. Suspicion is that the announcement earlier today was done in part to force the JBC into giving Ishida a ranking with the men effectively saying "we're doing this anyway, you might as well give us your blessing". It does seem likely that Ishida will take part in another sparring session which if the JBC want to watch and assess Ishida on then the fighter probably won't be too unhappy about.
As well as this announcement we had another one about the card.
This time it was a title fight that was announced as Yoshitaka Kato (26-5-1, 7) will bedefending his Japanese Lightweight title against the big hitting Yuhei Suzuki (14-3, 11). Although Kato lost last time out to Masayoshi Nakatani, it was only Kato's OPBF title on the line and as a result he has managed to keep his hands on the Japanese belt which he will be defending for the 6th time. Suzuki, who lost in his only prior title fight to Kato, will be hoping to avenge a close decision loss from early last year.
Whilst the obvious story is the Fujimoto/Ishida non-title bout we're actually really looking forward to the Lightweight title bout which promises to be incredibly hard for both men.
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