Interestingly if the Kadoebi man does get a shot at the title he would be the first Japanese born fighter to fight for a world Heavyweight title, building on his historic status as the second Japanese national Heavyweight champion and the first Japanese OPBF champion at Heavyweight.
Notably if Kyotaro was to fight current WBO world champion Joseph Parker it would see the two men go full circle after the bout seemed to be signed back in 2014, before Kyotaro broke away from negotiations to concentrate on other things.
Kyotaro was one of a number of Japanese fighters to be included in the rankings for this month, though was the most notable given how few Japanese fighters make any mark on the world rankings in the higher weights. The other notable Japanese fighter to change their WBO status was Kosei Tanaka (8-0, 5) [田中恒成], who claimed the WBO Light Flyweight title at the very end of 2016.
(Image courtesy of Kadoebi Houseki)