Former Japanese Light Middleweight champion Nobuhiro Ishida (25-9-2, 10) has been in the US recently as he's been preparing for his upcoming bout with Japanese Heavyweight champion Kyotaro Fujimoto (8-1, 5).
Although the Fujimoto bout has been confirmed as a 6 round non-title out that hasn't changed Ishida's desire to win and his sparring stateside has seen him sharing the ring with the unbeaten Ukrainian Vyacheslav Shabranskyy (7-0, 6), pictured opposite.
Now weighing 89KG Ishida appears to look really good for his size, considering the weight he's had to put on, though he seems to acknowledge that he hasn't added power with his additional weight and instead he will be competing on skill alone. In terms of skill however he is significantly more skilled as a boxer than Fujimoto who, on the flip side, is significantly stronger, heavier and more powerful.
Although their it no title on the the line it does appear that the Ishida/Fujimoto bout is a fight with major international interest with various forums talking about the bout, something very unusual for an All-Japanese fight.
(Picture courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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