For the champion the bout will serve as his second defense whilst the champion will be getting his first world title fight, and will be looking to create history, as the first Japanese fighter to win a world title in Europe, following a string of recent losses for Japanese fighters like Suguru Muranaka [村中 優] and Hidenori Otake [大竹 秀典].
Recently British bookmakers priced the bout up, and have made the champion a clear favourite, pricing him at 1/16 to retain his title and over-come his Japanese challenger, whilst establishing himself further as a champion. As for the challenger, he has opened as an 8/1 under-dog.
Whilst history is certainly against Ishida the bookmakers seem to view him as a total no hoper, despite his reign as the Japanese champion, with significant wins in title bouts against the likes of Yohei Tobe, Taik Eto and Ryuichi Funai, as well as notable non-title wins against recent world title challengers Petchbarngborn Kokietgym and Eaktwan BTU Ruaviking.
We expect the odds to change significantly by fight time, but it is interesting to see just how wide those odds are around a month before the contest.