From what we understand the JBC ranking committee have met and, although the rankings haven't been formerly published, they have given former WBA "interim" Light Middleweight champion Nobuhiro Ishida (25-10-2, 10) his long awaited Heavyweight ranking!
Whilst we haven't yet managed to get our hands on the up coming rankings, expected to be publicly released in the first week of June, Ishida will be given a #2 rankings behind Kotatsu Takehara (10-9-3, 4).
This is, of course, a huge boost for those wanting to see Ishida rematch Japanese champion Kyotaro Fujimoto (9-1, 5) and, although Fujimoto doesn't want the bout, it's certainly taken a huge step towards happening. Our guess however is that Fujimoto will vacate and we'll instead see Ishida fighting Takahara for the vacant belt. Although Fujimoto holds a win, albeit a close one, over Takehara we imagine Ishida may struggle more with Takehara than he would with Fujimoto in a rematch.
Ishida isn't the only fight we're expecting to see given a huge boost on the upcoming Japanese with Bantamweight Shohei Omori (12-0, 7), previously #11, shooting all the way up to #3 following his stunning victory over Christian Esquivel (27-5, 20) back on May 22nd. From what we understand this would put Omori ahead of Kohei Oba (35-3-1, 14), who we think would fall to #5, and directly behind up coming national title challenger Konosuke Tomiyama (24-6-1, 8) and former world title challenger Ryo Akaho (22-1-2, 15).
Again we're not had these rankings officially confirmed but we've been told that it's all but confirmed for both of these rankings.
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