WBO middleweight titlist, Dmitry Pirog (19-0, 15 KOs) will defend his title against former jr. middleweight contender, Nobuhiro Ishida on Tuesday, May 1 at the Sport Complex Krylatskoe in Moscow, Russia.
Pirog was an unknown commodity, with his flagship win coming against Kofi Jantuah, until he was pitted against the expected successor of the vacant WBO middleweight title, Danny Jacobs. Pirog ended Jacobs’ night with a beautiful right hand in the fifth round. Since capturing the WBO title two years ago, Pirog has defended the title twice, scoring a unanimous decision over Javier Maciel and a RTD victory over Gennady Martirosyan.
The momentary hype surrounding Ishida following last April’s first-round TKO win over James Kirkland evaporated as fast as it arrived. Ishida’s next fight was against another first-round knockout, this time over Edson Espinoza, who was making his pro debut in Mexico. Ishida lost in his last outing to Paul Williams, losing every round on all three scorecards before deciding to move back up to middleweight.
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