The fans, mostly from Osaka, had reason to celebrate as local fighter Ishida put on his most impressive performance since he began his "Heavyweight experiment", his climb from Middleweight to Heavyweight. The popular local fighter showed fantastic movement, great speed, timing and control as he picked off a cumbersome looking Takehara with accurate and clean shots.
The shots of Ishida may not have been concussive blows but they were damaging and managed to leave Kotatsu with a bloodied and broken face, his nose and both showing serious damage.
By the end of round 4 Kotatsu had had enough and remained his corner, conceding defeat to much better Ishida who had hardly looked like he had been in a fight. It was Ishida's first stoppage win as a Heavyweight and it seems that he has now transitioned into the weight properly having previously shown some issues in his previous bouts at the weight.
With the win it now seems a deal is in place for Ishida to fight Fujimoto in April in a bout being fought as a Champions Carnival bout. The bout isn't signed and sealed but it does seem very likely given this brilliant win by the 39 year old Ishida and the fact that Fujimoto has talked the talk, he'll now be expected to walk the walk.
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