It's fair to say that 2015 ended with the Ioka gym having one of the best days. The day saw Kazuto Ioka retain the WBA Flyweight title, with an excellent stoppage win over Juan Carlos Reveco, it saw Takahiro Yamamoto retain his OPBF Bantamweight title, with a 2nd round stoppage of Yuki Strong Kobayashi and it also saw Sho Ishida (21-0, 11) retain his Japanese Super Flyweight title with an easy win over Ryuta Otsuka (15-9-2, 5), in what was one of the worst mismatches of the day.
Ishida, a really talented young product from the Ioka Gym, looked in control from the off, using his superior size, speed, power and skills to establish his fight. Otsuka, as a result was dropped early, beaten from then on and saved by his corner men in round 4 as he suffered another knockdown.
Whilst the bout was a farcical mismatch it was, in many ways, a send off for Ishida who is now looking to fight for a world title in 2016. He would certainly have to join the queue of fighters wanting a title fight next year but he has made his intention clear and joins the long list of contenders looking to make a mark in 2016.
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