Nobuhiro Ishida (26-10-2, 10) Vs Kotatsu Takehara (10-10-3, 4)
One of the biggest Japanese stories of 2014 was the story that Nobuhiro Ishida, the former WBA interim Light Middleweight champion, was going to move through the weights in an attempt to become the Japanese Heavyweight champion. When we first reported the story it seemed ridiculous though as the year progressed it became obvious that Ishida's intentions were genuine. In his third bout as a Heavyweight Ishida took on former 2-time Japanese title challenger Kotatsu Takehara with the two men trading blows on the grounds that the winner would get a Japanese title fight in 2015.
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