Over the past day or two we've seen several interesting developments on the career of the popular Nobuhiro Ishida (20-10-2, 10).
Originally it was expected that Ishida was going to retire after his loss, a few weeks back, to Japanese Heavyweight champion Kyotaro Fujimoto (9-1, 5). It was thought that Ishida was going to be told by his wife to call quits on his excellent career that has seen him having notable success in Mexico and the US, including his career defining victory over James Kirkland. Instead however Ishida announced, on May 25th, that he was going to remain an active fighter having been given the blessing of his wife to continue in the sport.
Having announced that he will remain active as a fighter it seems Ishida, who only lost narrowly to Fujimoto in a bout many felt he won, wants a rematch with the Japanese champion and several reports have suggested that he's more than just "eager" for the bout. In fact Ishida's wife has gone as far as to say "Kyotaro, do not run away", hinting that the she feels the champion is somewhat scared of Ishida.
From what we understand Ishida's team at Green Tsuda Gym are currently try to work on a rematch between Ishida and Fujimoto, though this time Ishida wants the title to be on the line and wants to chance to become just the third Japanese Heavyweight champion.
It's, thankfully, not just Green Tsuda and Ishida that want a rematch though as the Chairman of Kadoebihoseki, the gym behind Fujimoto, has also hinted that a rematch would make a lot of sense and that he'd be willing to work towards making if the title could be on the line.
For the first bout the JBC refused to sanction the bout as a title fight feeling that Ishida was too unproven at Heavyweight for a 10 bout with the champion. Having pushed Fujimoto all the way in their first meeting however it seems likely that Ishida has "proven" himself capable of hanging with Fujimoto and the JBC would be foolish to refuse Ishida's wish of a title fight if a rematch can be made between the fighters.
(Image courtesy of Yahoo, shows Ishida at the official announcement that he will continue to fight on)
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