The men, meeting for the second time in less than a year, had both promised a KO though it seemed clear from very early on that only one man was likely to deliver on their promise, Fujimoto.
The champion took control of the bout almost immediately and had Takehara in trouble from the second round. Takehara was cut over the right eye and hurt from Fujimoto's power and fast hands, in round 3 he was further pounded as Fujimoto went from strength to strength and seemed to hurt Takehara every time he landed.
In round 4 Takehara suffered a cut over the left eye as Fujimoto landed at will and it seemed like challengers time was numbered.
Having taken a beaten and suffered two cuts Takehara was eventually stopped in round 5 as Fujimoto made a statement.
We are now expecting to see Fujimoto fight against Nobuhiro Ishida on New Year's Eve in another title defence though Ishida himself will need to win his upcoming bout for that to happen.
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