The bout got the attention it did in the US due to Ishida, a fighter who is well known outside of Japan for his fights with the likes of James Kirkland, Paul Williams, Gennady Golovkin and Dmitry Pirog. He may not be a bonafide world level fighter but he was certainly accepted as a solid world level contender following his victory over Kirkland that really made him a name in the US and throughout Europe.
Whilst Ishida himself gets attention for just fighting the idea of seeing him blow up to become a Heavyweight simply intensified that interest and the bout became more important to some American fans than numerous world title fights that take place in Japan.
It was an interesting story going in to the bout and turned out to be just as interesting in the bout as Ishida seemed to prove that he was a very capable fighter at the higher weight.
If you've not yet got around to watching this one we recommend that you take the time to watch it now as it really was an intriguing contest from the first bell to the last.
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