Earlier today we reported that Japanese Heavyweight champion Kyotaro Fujimoto (9-1, 5) would be defending his title against former foe Kotatsu Takehara (10-9-3, 4) at "Kamikaze 4". At the end of that report we promised to bring you the bouts announced for the show and that's what we've got here.
The chief support bout will feature former OPBF title challenger Yuki Nasu (23-8, 16) against a yet to be announced opponent in a 10 round fight made at Super Flyweight. For Nasu this is a major fight following back-to-back losses and if he suffers a third successive defeat their may well be calls for his retirement.
In a special 8 round KO prize fight, where a bonus will be given to the winner if they score a stoppage in various rounds, recent Japanese title contender Yuki Ogata (19-1-1, 3) will be battling against Kentaro Yamada (8-4-1, 6). With Ogata being a light hitter we'd not be shocked it the bonus for a KO wasn't paid though the ¥300,000 bonus for a KO inside 2 rounds may see both throwing caution to the wind. Whilst the top prize is ¥3000,00 the bonuses are staggered with ¥200,000 for a stoppage inside 4, ¥100,000 for a stoppage inside 6 rounds and ¥50,000 for a stoppage in the final 2 rounds.
In an 8 round Welterweight bout Shiro Saito (7-4-1, 2) will be battling against Daisuke Sakamoto (8-8-1, 4). Although Sakamoto is the man with the weaker looking record he is the #8 ranked Japanese Welterweight and has mixed with better opponents than Saito with many of his 8 losses coming to solid foes that would likely have gotten the better of Sakamoto as well.
A fifth bout that was announced will see a rematch between Kota Sato (9-5-2, 4) and Kenji Kubo (4-2-1, 2). The men fought back in January fighting to a split decision draw and if we get another equally as competitive match up then we'll be very happy.
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Kyotaro Fujimoto to defend Japanese Heavyweight title on Kamikaze 4, but not against Nobuhiro Ishida!
Earlier today it was announced that Japanese Heavyweight champion Kyotaro Fujimoto (9-1, 5), now sporting blue hair, would be returning to the ring on September 10th to defend his Japanese Heavyweight title for a second time. Sadly however he would not be rematching former WBA interim Light Middleweight champion Nobuhiro Ishida (25-10-2, 10) but would instead be facing former opponent Kotatsu Takehara (10-9-3, 4).
Whilst we all know that Takehara gave Fujimoto a very, very, close run back in late 2013 in their first meeting it's fair to say we, and many fans, would have preferred to have seen a rematch with Ishida and not Takehara. That's not to say that this is a bad bout, of course it isn't, and Takegara is, on paper, the better opponent with his #1 JBC ranking but we really did want to see Ishida given a chance at the title, especially considering the way he pushed Fujimoto so close in a bout many felt was won by the man who jumping several weight classes.
Sadly this bout sees Fujimoto getting his way after admitting he didn't want a rematch with Ishida back in May.
This announcement came with a number of other announcements regarding "Kamikaze 4" which we hope to bring you later today.
[Edit, the full bout list can now be found here]
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