Earlier today fans in Osaka saw the retirement ceremony of the popular Nobuhiro Ishida (27-11-2, 11), who took part in a 3 round spar with former foe Crazy Kim and spoke about the future, and his career.
The 39 year, who turned professional back in 2000, has had one of the more memorable careers of a Japanese fighter, especially for fans in the West. Although best known for scoring the 2011 Upset of the Year, stopping James Kirkland inside a round, Ishida's career saw him fighting the likes of Paul Williams, Dmitry Pirog and Gennady Golovkin whilst claiming various titles, including the WBA "interim" Light Middleweight title.
In recent years Ishida turned his attention to the Heavyweight division and came close to winning the Japanese Heavyweight title earlier this year, losing a very close decision to Kyotaro Fujimoto.
After the spar with Kim the fans had the chance to hear Ishida say thanks for their whilst also talk about how he's been boxing for 30 years and is now moving on to a new chapter in life with an amateur gym that he's opening in Osaka.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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