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Nobuhiro Ishida Suspected Kirkland's Chin Was Suspect

By Rick Reeno

MGM Grand, Las Vegas - More shocking than the performance of Erik Morales, was the shocking upset by Japan's Nobuhiro Ishida (23-6-2, 8KOs), who destroyed previously undefeated James Kirkland (27-1, 24KOs) in the first round of their bout on the Morales-Marcos Maidana pay-per-view undercard. After three knockdowns, the referee stopped the fight and Ishida pulled off the upset of the year.

Ishida told BoxingScene.com, before, and after the fight, that he suspected Kirkland's chin was possibly susceptible. Ishida has been preparing himself in the Las Vegas and California gyms by sparring with bigger boxers, like Peter Quillin.

"I saw the last fight [with Jhon Berrio] and I saw that he got hurt early. I've seen him get hurt in other fights and he covered up to recover. When I met him, I noticed that he had a small chin. His defense is not that good. I have a good defense and I've never been knocked out. I know nobody was expecting me to win because he was being made into a big name, but I knew I could win the fight," Ishida told BoxingScene.com.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by richardt on 04-11-2011

Kirkland ALWAYS runs into punches...the difference is this time he was nailed often. Conyers knocked him down too. Kirkland is arrogant as hell and shows NO respect, no defense for any guy he faces. He has always been this way.…

Comment by richardt on 04-11-2011

Steak - you think we don't know about Kirklands wreckless style? Maybe someone who hasn't see him fight before so your statement is an assumption. I have seen him 6 times and wreckless is exactly what he does every time.…

Comment by richardt on 04-11-2011

Joel Julio doesn't hit any harder. ZERO KO's in his last 5 fights. And speed increases natural power, something Julio has NOT had as of late and Ishida HAS. Kirkland is the perfect example of cause and effect.

Comment by Steak on 04-11-2011

you guys need tpay attention more to KOs. the reason Kirkland was hurt in the first place is because Kirkland was moving forward recklessly and Ishida simply had to stuff out his left hand...Kirkland ran right into it, and the…

Comment by Cuauhtémoc1520 on 04-11-2011

[QUOTE=richardt;10360727]Hitting like a freight train days are over for Julio. He has zeros KO's in his last 5 fights. And Ishida's speed didn't help Kirkland's lack of chin. Ishida hits harder than given credit for. One knowckdown can be a…

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