Upcoming Japanese Heavyweight title challenger Nobuhiro Ishida (27-10-2, 11) surprised the boxing world last year when he began his campaign as a Heavyweight. He surprised us further when we found out he was actually a pretty good one and pushed Japanese champion Kyotaro Fujimoto (11-1, 6) very close in a non-bout last year.
Later this year Ishida will get a long awaited rematch with Fujimoto for the Japanese Heavyweight title. As part of his preparation Ishida has been training with 2008 Olympic Judo champion Satoshi Ishii, who won his medal at 100KG+.
Ishii may have made his name in Judo though currently fights in MMA and with his size and stand up fighting ability he'll have been an almost ideal sparring partner for Ishida who needs to find strong and powerful partners to help prepare for his rematch with Fujimoto.
From what we understand the sparring session was a good one and saw Ishida being forced to work on his strength, speed and stamina whilst it allowed Ishii to work on his stand up game.
Interestingly Ishii has has also sparred with Fujimoto in the past and seems to feel that Fujimoto is the heavier puncher whilst Ishida is the faster fighter and the better combination puncher.
Whilst Ishida's future is based on the Fujimoto rematch it's also worth noting that Ishii's future is likely to be in the ring with several major MMA promotions getting in tough with him about fighting in either Russia or the US. Prior to then he will be having his own training camps in various places as he attempts to add more strings to his proverbial fighting bow.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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