For the past few weeks Japanese fighter Nobuhiro Ishida (26-10-2, 10) has been in the US preparing for his next bout, a bout with fellow Japanese Heavyweight contender Kotatsu Takehara (10-10-3, 4). Recently that training has seen him spending time at the world famous Wild Card Gym, run by Freddie Roach. Whilst at the Wild Card Ishida has spent time with Nigerian Heavyweight Lateef Kayode (20-1-0-1, 16).
Kayode, dubbed "Power", was last seen in action earlier this year when he lost a WBA "interim" Heavyweight title bout against Cuban puncher Luis Ortiz and it appears he is getting back into shape ahead of his ring return. Known as a big puncher it's sure that Kayode will be making Ishida fully aware of how strong fighters in the Heavyweight division can be, despite the fact Kayode is himself a small Heavyweight.
From what we understand no pictures of the two sparring exist though we have been told they did indeed spar and Ishida also sparred with a Heavyweight who is also based in the US at the Wild Card, though we've not been given the Russian fighter's name.
Although Ishida originally made his name at Light Middleweight it now seems clear that he has genuinely transformed into a small but comfortable Heavyweight. His body, as seen next Kayode, is looking much fuller than it has in his other Heavyweight bouts and it seems that he may actually be in the best shape of his career, despite being 39!
Ishida's bout with Takehara will take place on December 27th in Osaka.
(Image courtesy of Nobuhiro Ishida's blog)
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