Earlier today we were informed that unbeaten Japanese Super Flyweight Sho Ishida (16-0, 9) has been sparring hard with former 2-weight world champion Kazuto Ioka (14-1, 9) ahead of Ishida's Japanese title challenge against the once beaten Yohei Tobe (8-1-1, 5).
Ishida, who risks his undefeated record against Tobe, will be fighting in his first title fight though we've got to admit we've been very impressed by him. His unbeaten record might not scream quality but his win over Petchbarngborn Kokietgym is exceptional and the footage available shows a very talented out-side fighter with sharp punching and speed. Of course being in the gym with Ioka, Ryo Miyazaki and Masayoshi Nakatani will also have helped him improve drastically.
As for the champion, Tobe will be making the first defence of the belt he won earlier this year when he defeated Taiki Eto. The champion has, so far, faced the better opponents and has already scored wins over Wandee Singwancha, Kohei Kono and Ryan Bito as well as Taiki Eto.
From what we understand the plans from Ishida's camp are big and if he wins here their is every chance he will vacate the title to move on to a world title fight after this year, if he can over-come Tobe. As for Tobe we'd not be shocked if he himself starts looking at either world or OPBF title fights to end the year.
Although plans for the future can fall apart we genuinely believe that the two men involved in this bout could well be involved in big fights down the line and each man being involved in world titles in the future would not be a surprise.
For those interested in seeing the men in action we have videos of the Tobe/Singwancha fight here and the Ishida/Petchgbarnborn fight here.
(Image courtesy of Boxmob.jp, Ishida and Tobe are featured together on the far side)
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