Earlier today in Osaka fans got a pretty significant bout as local hopeful Sho Ishida (28-2, 15) [石田 匠] clashed with Mexican foe Israel Gonzalez (25-3, 11) in an IBF world title eliminator, with both men pursuing a bout with IBF Super Flyweight world champion Jerwin Ancajas. Sadly for Ishida, today wasn't to be for him, and instead of securing his second world title shot, following a previous loss to WBA kind Kal Yafai, he again came up short against the aggressive Mexican.
Ishida looked to fight behind his jab, using his speed and reach, but Gonzalez had other ideas in mind, cutting the distance well and attacking with hands up top and left hands to the body. It was an impressive start for the Mexican who quickly found his groove. At the mid way point Gonzalez looked to be in a clear lead behind his energy and aggression.
Thankfully for Ishida things began to turn around in the middle rounds, particularly in round 7 when he seemed to hurt Gonzalez for the first time, with a left to the body. From there on Ishida began to build his own momentum taking the center of the ring in round 10 and cutting Gonzalez in round 11.
With the fight closing up on the scorecards Gonzalez gave his all in the final round, looking to assure himself of victory. His aggression was back, and he did enough to impress taking the bout with a split decision, despite actually losing the final round on all 3 cards. The Mexican had scores of 116-112 and 115-113 in his favour, whilst Ishida was backed by one judge with a score of 116-112.
After the bout Gonzalez swore to get revenge on Ancajas, who he was stopped by back in 2018, whilst Ishida revealed that he would continue on, stating that he wasn't boxing to just win this bout, but doing so to become a world champion.
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Tomorrow in Osaka fans will be able to see an IBF Super Flyweight world title eliminator between as once beaten local fighter Sho Ishida (28-1, 15) [石田 匠] takes on former 2-time world title challenger Israel Gonzalez (24-3, 11).
Today, ahead of that bout, the two men took part in their weigh in and both men made the 115lb limit with no issues.
On the scales Ishida, looking to secure his second world title fight, was 115lbs dead on. He looked in good shape, and seemed very determined on winning, even if he doesn't shine. He stated that he he was focused on the result, not the performance, and it seems obvious that winning ugly is fine if it helps him secure a bigger bout down the line, with IBF champion Jerwin Ancajas.
Gonzalez on the other hand was comfortably under the limit, weighing in at 114.5lbs. He looked the more well built fighter of the two, but will be fighting in Asia for the first time in his career, and will certainly have the Osakan crowd against him.
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Earlier today the Boxing Raise service announced their line up for December, and sadly it has no live show available this month. Thankfully however the service is still set to get a lot of action during the month, ranging from some great fights at domestic level, to a world title eliminator, and various things in between.
Firstly they will get the On Demand rights of the November 17th Sanei Pro Fight Boxing, which will be uploaded on December 5th.
The next show they have is the December 8th Real Spirits card, headlined by a brilliant WBO Asia Pacific Featherweight title bout, pitting champion Musashi Mori (10-0, 6) [森 武蔵] against once beaten challenger Takuya Mizuno (17-1-1, 14) [水野拓哉]. The card after that will be the Green Dream show on December 15th, headlined by a bout between Kotatsu Takehara (15-12-3, 8) [竹原真敬] and Ryu Ueda (8-1-1, 5) [上田龍], who battle for the Japanese Heavyweight title.
The next card they will have will be the Kadoebi card from December 16th, headlined by OPBF Light Middleweight champion Akinori Watanabe (38-7-1, 32) [渡部あきのり] defending his title against Thai challenger Sitthidet Banti (12-5, 6).
Unsurprisingly the December 22nd Muto card will also be available on tape delay, with the card actually clashing with the Rookie of the Year final. This show is headlined by WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight champion Yuki Strong Kobayashi (15-8, 9) [小林佑樹]defending his title against South Korean challenger Ki Chang Go (8-3, 4).
After Christmas we'll see a late present with the service bringing up the IBF Super Flyweight world title eliminator between Sho Ishida (28-1, 15) [石田 匠] and Israel Gonzalez (24-3, 11).
While it's disappointing to not have a live card this month, the quality of shows, overall, is solid and with all the other shows on television in December we are set to have a great run in to the end of the year!
We've known for a while that on December 28th we'd be getting an IBF Super Flyweight world title eliminator in Osaka between Sho Ishida (28-1, 15) [石田 匠] and Israel Gonzalez (24-3, 11). Until today there was no real details about the supporting bouts on that card, though today we were informed of two notable bouts taking place on the show.
The chief support bout will be an 8 round Welterweight bout, between 21 year old hopeful Rikuto Adachi (13-2, 10) [安達陸仁] and the under-rated Masafumi Ando (6-9-2, 3) [安藤暢文], who comes into this bout just 7 months removed from a KO win over former Japanese champion Toshio Arikawa. This isn't a massive bout, but is an interesting one, much more interesting than it looks on paper.
The other bout that caught our eye is a Japanese Youth Flyweight title bout between unbeaten champion Joe Shiraishi (9-0-1, 4) [白石聖] and under-rated challenger Jukiya Washio (7-4-1, 2) [鷲尾樹貴也]. For Shiraishi this will be his first defense, following his title win in September, and he looks to keep his momentum going after also winning the Rookie of the Year in 2017. Washio has lost his last 2, and 4 of his last 7, but he's a capable fighter and should prove a decent test for Shiraishi, who will be looking for bigger fights next year.
At the start of October the Ioka Gym in Japan held a press conference to announce that Sho Ishida (28-1, 15) [石田 匠] would face Mexican foe Israel Gonzalez (24-3, 11) in an IBF Super Flyweight title eliminator.
What wasn't made clear at the time, though was later revealed, is that the bout had been planned for October 27th in Mexico, before being cancelled on the day of the press conference due to issue with the original promoter.
Today we finally got told the details of the rescheduled bout, and we now know it's set to take place in Osaka, on December 28th, adding further to the stacked December schedule for Japanese fans.
At the moment no other bouts for the show have been announced, but it is known that the event will take place at the EDION Arena Osaka.
For Ishida this is a chance to secure a second world title fight, following his loss in the UK to Kal Yafai in a WBA title fight. As for Gonzalez the bout opens the door to a third shot, following his losses to Jerwin Ancajas and Kal Yafai. Against Ancajas the Mexican was stopped in 10 rounds whilst he ran Yafai incredibly close last year.
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