Nobuhiro Ishida (23-6-2, 8KOs) knocked out previously undefeated and highly touted prospect, James Kikand (27-1, 24KOs), in the first round last night on the under card of the Morales vs Maidana fight.
Nobuhiro who had 7 KOs coming into the fight and has never been knocked out in his career was supposed to be another easy fight for Kirkland. Many boxing fans had not even heard from Ishida who hails from Osaka, Japan. Even Max Kellerman from HBO stated in the pay per view telecast that this was going to be a short fight for Kirkland and was expecting him to knock out Ishida. Not only did Nobuhiro shocked Kellerman but he stunned the whole boxing world by dropping James Kirkland 3 times with straight jabs to the chin. Referee Joe Cortez stopped the fight at 1:52 of the first round.
Before the fight, Ishida had stated that he was dedicating his fight to the people of Japan. And what a great way to dedicate the fight by knocking out the previously undefeated fighter.
No one saw this coming. This is another reason why Boxing is one of the most amazing sports. We’ve had upsets in the past. Buster Douglas over Mike Tyson may ring a bell to some. We had another upset couple of days ago when Marco Antonio Rubio knocked out David Lemieux who was 25-0, 24KOs before being knocked out in the 7th round. But, yesterday’s fight is by far the biggest upset in boxing this year.