Tomorrow fight fans at the Korakuen Hall will see see world ranked Heavyweight Kyotaro Fujimoto (19-1, 11) [藤本京太郎] defending his WBO Asia Pacific and OPBF Heavyweight titles against Thai visitor Suthat Kalalek (12-9, 11), who has previously fought for the OPBF Super Middleweight title.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in, and unsurprisingly, Kyotaro was the heavier man and the fighter with significant natural size advantages over the Thai. In fact it very much looked like Kyotaro was several divisions bigger than Suthat, also known as Kajornsak Sithsaithong. Not something we often say about Kyotaro.
On the scales Kyotaro was 233.25lbs, the heaviest he's been since his first bout with Nobuhiro Ishida back in April 2014. The Thai on the other hand 203.7lbs, which is actually a career heaviest, and a huge increase from his December 2012 weight against Phonphisan Sor Saithong when he came in at 159lbs.
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Earlier today Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen Hall saw OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific unified Heavyweight champion Kyotaro Fujimoto (19-1, 11) [藤本 京太郎] successfully retain his titles and stop Australian challenger Aaron Russell (11-5, 4) in what was a rather one sided contest.
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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Over the weekend Japanese boxing gym Kadoebi Houseki posted a blog regarding two of their world ranked fighters, Hiroki Okada (17-0, 12) [岡田 博喜] and Kyotaro Fujimoto (18-1, 10) [藤本 京太郎], who are both looking to get world title fights later this year.
Sadly the blog didn't meantion when either man would be back in the ring, though did state that both fighters had travelled to Los Angeles for a training camp, which will see both men sparring with fellow world class fighters and help prepare both for a potential shot at a belt.
Of the two men it's Kyotaro who is more well known, given he's a rare Japanese Heavyweight who has a bit of talent and potential, and also the fact he has a background in kick boxing, where he was also success. As a boxer Kyotaro has has rebuilt well from a 2012 loss to Solomon Haumono, and won his last 12 bouts. That winning run has seen him unify the JBC, OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific titles at Heavyweight and work his way into both the WBO and WBA world rankings.
Given the quality of the Heavyweight champions Kyotaro would be a big under-dog against any of the champions, but it would be great to see a Japanese fighter fight in a Heavyweight title bout, and potentially lead the way for others to come in the future.
Although less well known Okada is the better candidate to win a world title and he is ranked by all 4 world title bodies at 140lbs, giving him and the Kadoebi gym a number of options to go with in the future. His unbeaten record has seen him win the Japanese and WBO Asia Pacific titles at 140lbs, and score notable wins at the domestic level against Koichi Aso, Masanobu Nakazawa, Cristiano Aoqui and Valentine Hosokawa whilst he holds continental wins over Jheritz Chavez and Jason Pagara.
Hopefully an update from the gym will be published shortly and we can follow who they have been sparring with and training along side.
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Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall fight fans saw Kyotaro Fujimoto (18-1, 10) [藤本 京太郎] successfully defending his OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific Heavyweight titles as he over-came Australian challenger Randall Rayment (8-4, 3) in what was a largely forgetable bout lacking in quality and action.
The opening round saw Fujimoto take the outside of the ring whilst Rayment followed him. The challenger, who had obviously come to boxing from a career in some other combat sport, showed a unqiue style that some fighters from a Muay Thai background show, and although on the front foot he looked defensively open, flat footed and and slow with his shots. The flaws of Rayment made life easy for Kyotaro in the opening round, with the champion tagging the body of the challenger.
In round 2 Rayment began to up the pace slightly, and he gradually grew in success during rounds 2 and 3, though never had Kyotaro in any real problems. The main issue for Rayment was actually connecting and he was regularly hitting the air whilst looking to land power power shots. When he threw he really put everything behind his shots and regularly span himself out of position and left himself open to counters, with Kyotaro obliging when he felt safe.
After 4 rounds the judges had their score cards announced and all 3 had scored it 39-37 to Kyotaro, who had landed the better blows and shown the more variety in his work, likely giving Rayment either round 3 or 4. Sadly for Rayment his success wouldn't grow and in round 5 he was badly staggered by a solid right hand, another one sent him down hard and forced the referee to stop the contest, giving Kyotaro the KO win.
After the bout Kyotaro stated he wanted to do a world a title bout, and he has long been linked to a bout with Joseph Parker, though on this performance it would be a terrible clash of styles and a very unexciting contest.
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Tomorrow fight fans in Japan will be able to see Kyotaro Fujimoto (17-1, 9) [藤本 京太郎] defending his OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific Heavyweight titles in bout against Australian challenger Randall Rayment (8-3, 3).
The bout, which headlines the televised card on G+, had it's weigh in earlier today and saw both men coming in over 100KG's (in excess of 220.4lbs).
The lighter man was the read headed champion was 222.7lbs, which is the lowest weight of his career so far. He seemed to suggest that due to his weight being so good he would be able to do more in the ring, and it's likely that he will be quicker than usual, and make the most of both his mobility and his hand speed. Whilst the weight won't help him up close it would seem likely that he will be looking to avoid a trench war.
Rayment was was also in better shape than he has been recently, weighing 233.7lbs. That isn't close to his career lowest of 209lbs, which came against the touted Jai Opetaia back in 2015, but is lighter than he has been in 5 of his last 6 bouts.
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