It now appears that Ishida has turned his attention away from the Middleweight and Light Middleweight divisions to focus on the Heavyweight division.
The lanky Japanese fighter will be getting his first taste of Heavyweight action on January 11th at the Korakuen Hall as he steps into the ring with Yamato Fujinaka in what will be a public sparring session. The spar has been set up for the JBC to see how Ishida will cope with the power and size of a Heavyweight foe. It's expected that if he can impress the JBC he will be getting a Japanese Heavyweight ranking and Japanese Heavyweight title fight.
If Ishida does get that ranking he'll have very impressively moved from Middleweight to Heavyweight in one fell swoop, something that is close to, if not completely, unprecedented.