On December 9th we're set to have a huge number of notable bouts, with an OPBF title fight, a couple of Japanese national titles and a Japanese Youth title fight. As well as the title bouts we also get some very tasty looking non-title bouts. One of those will see former world title challengers collide, with Sho Ishida (26-1, 15) taking on Warlito Parrenas (26-8-1, 23) in what is a must-win for both men.
At 35 years old Parrenas is really in last chance saloon, and is essentially ending a short retirement for this bout. The Filipino born Japanese slugger has had an interesting career that has shown him to be a bit of a glass cannon. He's incredibly dangerous early on but if caught he doesn't seem to recover well, with only 6 of his career bouts going the distance, 4 of which came in his first 7 bouts. Whilst the "stop or be stopped" mentality isn't always the best for a fighter Parrenas has actually done pretty well from it. He has scored wins over the likes of Atsushi Kakutani, Espinos Sabu, Isack Junior, Tomoya Kaneshiro, and lost to the likes of Marlon Tapales, Jonathan Taconing, Oscar Blanquet, Naoya Inoue and Ryuichi Funai.
At his best Parrenas was a scary fighter on the regional scene. His win over Kakutani was thoroughly impressive and showed his power perfectly. Even at his best however he had a shaky chin and could be hurt, however many of the fighters who have stopped him, such as Inoue, Taconing, Tapales and Funai, are very solid punchers and his chin isn't as bad as perhaps his record suggests. Sadly Parrenas isn't at his best, he's now 35 and a touch slower than he was in his prime. He's heavy handed, but not a explosive as he used to be.
At 27 years old Ishida, a fighter from the Osaka based Ioka gym, is a fighter looking to move towards a second world title fight following a 2017 loss to Kal Yafai. Prior to facing Yafai we had though Ishida's career had stalled a bit, and he had failed to spent around 18 months just treading water, after impressive wins over Yohei Yobe, Taiki Eto, Hayato Kimura, and Ryuichi Funai. By the time he was facing Yafai it seemed like Ishida, then 24-0, had lost all career momentum due to mismatches against limited Thai foes, that really were pointless bouts. Since losing to Yafai it does seem like Ishida and his team have taken a more driven approach to preparing for a second world title fight, and this bout with Parrenas follows wins over Lucky Tor Buamas and Richard Claveras. Not world class fighters, but certainly better fighters than the novice Thai's that Yafai had used to prepare for a world title shot.
Against Yafai we didn't see the best of Ishida, with the Japanese fighter really holding back too much and not fighting in the way he can. He didn't really shame himself, but certainly didn't fight to the best of his ability. At his best he's an excellent boxer-puncher, with incredibly sharp punching, under-rated power and spite body blows. The unfortunate part about him however isn't just the poor performance against Yafai but also the fact he has questionable stamina, and when he hasn't finished fighters off he has often made life hard for himself.
In their peaks this would have been a really interesting match up, and Parrenas would have been a very live under-dog. Now however we suspect that Parrenas has little more than a puncher' chance against the younger, bigger, faster Ishida. Parrenas will be dangerous, at least early on, but after the first few rounds Ishida will begin to time him and will likely crush him with a body shot in the middle rounds.
Having canned the old "Full Schedule" of Asianboxing we have instead decided to concentrate more on the major bouts. This section, the "Preview" section will look at major bouts involving OPBF and national titles. Hopefully leading to a more informative style for, you the reader.