Last week we reported that Hiroto Kyoguchi (10-0, 7) [京口 紘人] would be back in action on September 25th to take on Indonesian hopeful Tibo Monabesa (18-0-2, 8) in a Light Flyweight bout. We also reported that on the same card we would see world ranked Kyotaro Fujimoto (19-1, 11) [藤本京太郎], though at the time little was known about Kyotaro's bout.
We can now revealed that the details for Kyotaro's bout have been revealed, and if we're being honest they aren't as exciting as they could have been.
Firstly we've been informed that the bout will see Kyotaro defending both his WBO Asia Pacific and OPBF Heavyweight titles, and second that his opponent will be Thai visitor Suthat Kalalek (12-9, 11), a 23 year old who has also fought as Kajornsak Sithsaithong and fought in an OPBF Super Middleweight title bout. In his previously bout at OPBF level he was stopped in 10 rounds by Yuzo Kiyota, though had been surprisingly competitive prior to the stoppage.
On one hand it's nice to see Kyotaro finally turn away from over-matched challengers from the South Pacific, with his last few opponents being very poor challengers from the area. But on the other hand a 23 year old blown up Super Middleweight from Thailand really isn't acceptable, at least not in a 12 round title fight. With fighters like Zhang Junlong (19-0, 19) [张君龙] and Zhang Zhilei (19-0, 15) [张志磊] both in the regional mix Kyotaro does have some interesting regional rivals, but Suthat's not one of them, and this is, instead, a bit of a waste of time for the talented, but incredibly frustrating Japanese Heavyweight, who should be demanding much stiffer competition.
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Earlier today the Watanabe gym held a press conference to announce the next bout of Hiroto Kyoguchi (10-0, 7) [京口 紘人], the former IBF Minimumweight champion who has vacated due to outgrowing the 105lb weight division.
As has long been rumoured he will be back in the ring on September 25tth at the Korakuen Hall but unlike many fighters when they move up in weight he will be taking on a top contender and a series threat immediately, with his return bout being set against world ranked Indonesian hopeful Tibo Monabesa (18-0-2, 8).
For Kyoguchi the bout will be his first as a fully fledged Light Flyweight and will serve as a tough tune up before a potential December show down with WBA Light Flyweight super champion Hekkie Budler (32-3, 10). Budler was the man who took the WBA title from Kyoguchi's stable mate Ryoichi Taguchi (27-3-2, 12) [田口良一], who is expected to fight in December in a Flyweight contest.
As for Monabesa the bout will be his first outside of Indonesia and will serve as a massive test of what the Indonesian really has. So far Monabesa has looked like the best prospect in Indonesia with notable wins against the likes of Rene Patilano and Lester Abutan, but this will be his first bout outside of his homeland and his first against a former world champion.
At the moment the under-card hasn't been fully announced, but it is slated to feature a strong support including world ranked Heavyweight Kyotaro Fujimoto (19-1, 11) [藤本京太郎], former OPBF Flyweight champion Keisuke Nakayama (10-3-2, 4) [中山佳祐], fighting for the first time since losing the OPBF title to Jayr Raquinel in March and former amateur standouts Shu Utsuki (2-0, 1) [宇津木秀] and Ginjiro Shigeoka (0-0) [重岡銀次朗], with Shigeoka reportedly having only lost once in over 50 amateur contests. At the time of writing none of these supporting fighters have had their opponents announced for the card.
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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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Tomorrow fight fans in Japan will see Japanese, OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific unified Heavyweight champion Kyotaro Fujimoto (18-1, 10) [藤本 京太郎] defend his regional titles against Australian challenger Aaron Russell (11-4, 4) at the Korakuen Hall.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in for the bout.
On the scales were Kyotaro was 227.75lbs The weight is slightly heavier than he was last time out, but fits with in his usual weights which range from around 222lbs and 232lbs. He looked in decent shape though it's fair to say that he's never looked like an incredibly in shape Heavyweight and more of a bloated Cruiserweight. At the weigh in Kyotaro spoke about his training camp for this bout, which saw him spend considerable time in the US and sparring almost 100 rounds with a number of international fighters.
The challenger was was 219.4lbs on the scales, the heaviest weight of his career by over 19lbs, and the first time he has weighed in over 200lbs for a bout. Despite this being his first bout in Japan and his first bout at this level, Russell looked calm and relaxed and has clearly travelled with the intention of winning, though is clearly the under-dog here.
Fujimoto looks to extend regional dominance!
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Yesteray we reported that Japanese, OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific unified Heavyweight champion Kyotaro Fujimoto (18-1, 10) [藤本 京太郎] was set to return to the ring on May 7th. At the time there was almost no details of the bout, other than that Fujimoto would be headling the show, with no opponent set and no clarification on which, if any, of Fujimoto's titles would be on the line.
Today we saw some of the details of the contest being announced.
We now know that Fujimoto's opponent will be Australian Cruiserweight Aaron Russell (11-4, 4), a fighter who is pretty much an unknown outside of his native Queensland. And that Russell will be challenging for Fujimoto's regional title, though it's not totally clear whether it will be bother the OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific belts or just the WBO Asia Pacific title, as suggested by the poster.
Russel is a 29 year old fighter who debuted back in 2010. lmost all of his fights has been at the Mansfield Tavern in Mansfield, Queensland, and many of them have seen him fighting as a Light Heavyweight, with the rest being at Cruiserweight. So the first worry is that Russell will be under-sized having never fought as a Heavyweight before. Every one of Russell's losses has been by stoppage, including a 1-round blow out loss to Mark Flanagan, who is best known for being widely beaten by Denis Lebedev last year. So not only is Russel under-sized but he also appears to have a very poor chin and with only 4 stoppages under his belt you wonder whether Fujimoto will even worry about the challenger's power.
Given that the bout was only officially added to the card with less than a month's notice we weren't expecting anyone too testing for Fujimoto, but it's hard to defend this bout against a chinny and limited Cruiserweight. It's good that Fujimoto is staying busy, but his team could surely have gotten a better opponent than Russell for him.
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