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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