In August 2015 we had the delight of watching Yasutaka Ishimoto (28-8, 7) [石本 康隆] battle against Gakuya Furuhashi (18-7-1, 8) [古橋岳也] in a really fun 8 rounder. It was one of our favourite Japanese bouts of the year, despite no titles being on the line and neither man really being a major name.
We now know the two men will do it again in a title bout that sees Ishimoto defending the Japanese Super Bantamweight title for the second time, in a show set to take place on October 1st at the Korakuen Hall. A show that hasn't been officially announced but has seen it's main event being leaked.
Since their first bout Ishimoto has gone 2-0, won the Japanese Super Bantamweight title, claiming the then vacant title with a win over Yusaku Kuga, and defended it once, against Yosuke Fujihara. Those wins have seen him rebuild some serious career moment after back-to-back losses in 2014 to Chris Avalos and Yukinori Oguni and he is now on a 4 fight winning streak, with his career under-going a late bloom. Aged 34, and in fact 35 in October, Ishimoto is almost certainly coming to the end but appears to be as good as ever with his current run being probably the best of his career, given the quality of opposition.
Sadly whilst things have been great for Ishimoto the same cannot be said for Furuhashi who is 1-1 since fighting Ishimotop last year and is 1-2-1 in his last 4, suffering a surprise loss earlier this year to Daisuke Watanabe. Despite those losses the 28 year old still believes he has a lot to give the sport and will be coming in to this one with hunger to win the title and avenge last year's loss, as well as trying to prove that he's not a shot fighter.
At the moment TV coverage and under-cards are unknown to our selves, but there is a suggestion that the card could be on G+ and the under-card is likely to feature at least one notable Teiken prospect.
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