Pirog vs Ishida Bout in The Works For May 1 in Russia

By Ruslan Chikov

According to promoter Kirill Pchelnikov, Nobuhiro Ishida (24-7-2, 9KOs) is a candidate to face WBO middleweight champion Dmitry Pirog (19-0, 15KOs) on May 1 in Moscow, Russia. There were rumors of an offer being made to Marco Antonio Rubio, but Rubio is ranked at number 12, while Ishida is ranked at number 9 in the WBO's top ten. Pirog was close to a deal to face Darren Barker, how suffered an injury and was forced to withdraw. Team Pirog is waiting for the WBO to sanction the fight.

"In preparation for this fight, we negotiated with many of top middleweights boxers, among [Sergio] Martinez, Geale, Sturm, Murray, Bursak, Barker, Zbik, N'Jikam. All of the boxers were offered a substantial fee for coming to Russia. They were offered hundreds of thousands of dollars, even millions, as was the case with Martinez. Some of boxers have just ignored us [like Felix Sturm], others made their own plans in May, and someone got injured in the negotiations process [Barker]. In the end, it was only with Ishida that we could reach an agreement for May 1. As for Rubio, we are very interesting and we can not exclude meeting with him at a later date, but in order to stage a title defense we have to choose an opponent from the WBO's top ten. At the moment, Rubio is ranked at twelve and Nobuhiro Ishida at nine," Pchelnikov said.

If Pirog wins in May, then a possible unification with IBF champion Daniel Geale is being discussed for August, and HBO is interested in televising.

"The other day I received a letter from our American partners, in which I was told
that the channel HBO is interested in this fight. Right now, Pirog must successfully make a defense, and I hope that the WBO will sanction the fight and everything will be all right, and we believe that after the unification bout will take place at last.....most likely in Las Vegas," Pchelnikov said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Walt Liquor on 03-30-2012

just popped in to say im not interested, STEP YOUR FUKING GAME UP PIROG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 03-30-2012

[QUOTE=Dem Eyes;11951975]Why are people complaining about Ishida as an opponent? He's the best tune-up opponent before Pirog takes on Geale. [/QUOTE] Because it seems like he has fought nothing but tuneups since the Jacobs fight.

Comment by Mikhnienko on 03-30-2012

[QUOTE=sweet-s;11951043]That's the only option that could have been made, I agree. Possibly they didn't want another small pressure figther like Martirosyan again, but [B]Khurtsidze is deserving. He fights out of Britain, don't know who bis promoter is. Maybe Warren[/B]?[/QUOTE] Khurtsidze…

Comment by BritishBoxing92 on 03-30-2012

[QUOTE=BIGPOPPAPUMP;11948593]According to promoter Kirill Pchelnikov, Nobuhiro Ishida (24-7-2, 9KOs) is a candidate to face WBO middleweight champion Dmitry Pirog (19-0, 15KOs) on May 1 in Moscow, Russia. There were rumors of an offer being made to Marco Antonio Rubio, but…

Comment by sako5 on 03-30-2012

[QUOTE=sweet-s;11949312]@Sako 5 Your flag is too obvious to see you unbiased here...[/QUOTE] What the hell are you on man ? What has my flag to do with what I think ? And what are you implying ? Armenian and Russians…

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