The challenger looked determined and confident to begin with, as he tried to fight behind his jab and straight right hand. Despite that confidence it was Fujimoto who took the opening round with his power, speed and variety out shining the simple work of the challenger. The work rateof Fujimoto picked up round by round and after 4 rounds, when the score cards were announced, he was leading 40-36 on all 3 cards.
Fujimoto began to up his output again in the middle rounds, and forced Russell on on to the back foot more and morem forcing him to shell up more. With his pounches flowing at the start of round 7 Kyotaro forced Russell's corner to throw in the towel and save their man from taking further punishment.
After the bout Fujimoto spoke about returing to the US for more sparring, as he'd had before this bout, whilst his manager spoke about the big plans they have, which involve chasing the WBA regular Heavyweight title, and facing the winner of the Manuel Charr Vs Fres Oquendo bout.
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