The Ioka boxing gym is lacking a world champion right now but it has a wealth of talent with fighters like former world champions Kazuto Ioka and Ryo Miyazaki, OPBF Lightweight champion Masayoshi Nakatani and the excellent Sho Ishida.
Although Ishida is still just a rising prospect he really came of age last year when he took a huge step up and took on Thailand's Petchbarngnorn Kokietgym. At the time Petchbarngborn was world ranked, he was the WBO Oriental Super Flyweight champion and PABA champion and widely regarded as not just a serious test for Ishida but as a man who could potentially defeat the Japanese prospect.
What we got instead was a sterling performance by the Japanese fighter who showed poise, speed, confidence, movement and, at the end of the bout, very surprising power. Going in it's worth noting that the Thai had never previously been stopped, that was until Ishida landed a perfect body shot that did a lot more harm than first expected.
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