We have recently been informed of the opponent for Nobuhiro Ishida's (25-10-2, 10) next contest. From what we've been told Ishida will be taking on Frenchman David Radeff (5-7-2, 2), the current UBO Inter Continental Cruiserweight champion, on September 14th at the Bodymaker Colosseum in Osaka.
We'll admit this is a bit of a disappointment considering we were lead to believe that Ishida would be facing a "former world ranked opponent", though with a Japanese title fight likely for Ishida on New Year's Eve it's clear his team didn't want to take many risks. Saying that however we have been informed that Radeff was a very good kick boxer.
For Ishida this bout will be his first since losing a very competitive 8 round bout to Japanese champion Kyotaro Fujimoto earlier this year.
In the chief support we have been told that Kohei Oba (35-3-1, 14) will be fighting domestic journeyman Keigo Soma (6-10-1, 3). This really should be a very easy assignment for Oba, a former Japanese champion, though in fairness he's looking to bounce back from a hard stoppage loss to Randy Caballero in an IBF world title eliminator.
A third notable bout on this card will see Yu Kawaguchi (20-6, 9) taking on Seizo Kono (14-6-1, 9) in the shows most interesting match up. As with Oba and Ishida this will see Kawaguchi trying to rebuild following a loss, in his case a technical decision loss to Kentaro Masuda in a Japanese Bantamweight title fight.
As well as the main fights all being announced you will also notice, from the image, that the poster for the show has also been released featuring Ishida, Oba and Kawaguchi.
(Image courtesy of Nobuhiro Ishida's blog)
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