Earlier today fight fans at the Korakuen Hall had the chance to see OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific Heavyweight champion Kyotaro Fujimoto (20-1, 12) [藤本京太郎] make his latest defense, as he defeated under-sized Thai challenger Suthat Kalalek (12-10, 11).
The champion, who looked several divisions bigger than the challenger, took control from the off using his jab to control the tempo and distance of the bout. The challenger looked to land counters, and make the most of his power, but really struggled with the size and physical differences of the two men.
After 4 rounds the scores were announced publicly, and to no-ones surprise the judges were all in agreement 40-36 to Kyotaro.
The champion then picked up the pace and began to hunt for a stoppage.
To his credit the Thai showed his toughness but was dropped towards the end of round 6. He got to his feet but would retire in his corner at the end of the round.
Following the win Kyotaro stated that he was now wanting to either fight for the WBA "regular" title, essentially throwing his hat into the mix to face Fres Oquendo, or fight in a WBO title eliminator, where he is currently ranked #7.
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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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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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