Earlier this year we saw the popular Yasutaka Ishimoto (29-9, 8) [石本 康隆] lose the Japanese Super Bantamweight title to mandatory challenger Yusaku Kuga (14-2-1, 10) [久我 勇作], who steam rolled the Teiken man in the second meeting between the two men.
Originally we were informed that the two men would be having a rubber match on July 18th, but it was later revealed that Kuga would be returning to the ring 11 days later to defend his title against first time challenger Ryoichi Tamura (8-2-1, 5) [田村 亮一]. That news thwarted Ishimoto's attempts to reclaim his title, but the veteran will still return on July 18th, with his opponent yet to be announced.
The exciting Ishimoto, now aged 35, is likely in his final years as aprofessional and although he's not getting an immediate rematch with Kuga it's still going to be a lot of fun following him down the twighlight of his career, and if we're being honest he has rarely been in a bad fight during his 38 bout career.
As of now Ishimoto is one of only two men announced for the July 18th show, along with Teiken stablemate Masaru Sueyoshi (14-1, 9) [末吉 大], who will be looking to move a step closer to a title bout of his own, later in the year.
(Image of Ishimoto courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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