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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