Unbeaten Japanese Super Flyweight Sho Ishida (21-0, 10) [石田 匠] has officially vacated the Japanese Super Flyweight title with his focus being on bigger and better things.
The Ioka gym fighter who won the belt in August 2014, when he over-came Yohei Tobe, made 5 defenses of the title in a little under 2 years has stated that his intention now is on becoming a world champion. Unfortunately for Ishida the division is a tough one at the top be he'll feel that wins over the likes of Tobe, Taiki Eto, Hayato Kimura, Ryuichi Funai and, perhaps more notably, Petchbarngborn Kokietgym have helped him prepare for the world's top fighters.
The 24 year old Osakan is ranked in the top 10 by all 4 world title bodies and will be well aware that opportunities are heading his way. In theory he will become the WBA's top contender at the end of next month, after Kohei Kono takes on mandatory challenger Luis Concepcion, he will also be one of the two leading contenders with the IBF in coming weeks, after McJoe Arroyo faces mandatory challenger Jerwin Ancajas in early September.
Given his current ranking's we expecting to see Ishida ringside on August 31st. Partly to watch stablemate Ryo Miyazaki face Ryoichi Taguchi and partly to watch the Kono Vs Concepcion bout know that his team will likely chase the winner. Within days of that fight the other 3 world titles will all be up for grabs with the Arroyo/Ancas bout set to take on September third, the WBO title will be defended on September 4th when Naoya Inoue takes on Petchbarngborn Kokietgym and on September 10th we get the highly anticipated WBC title bout between Carlos Cuadras and Roman Gonzalez. With so many title fights set to take place in such a short time, this does seem the perfect opportunity for Ishida to see what doors will be open and an ideal time to vacate the Japanese title.
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