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.
(Image courtesy of Kadoebi Boxing Gym)
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