In November we're expecting to see Kyotaro Fujimoto (17-1, 9) [藤本 京太郎] defending his OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific Heavyweight titles, as he battles against Australian Randall Rayment (8-3, 3). The story emerging from the international press however is that that bout maybe cancelled, for Fujimoto to fight for world honours instead.
The story is that Fujimoto is in the running to be next for WBO Heavyweight champion Joseph Parker (24-0, 18), potentially for the end of this year.
This past weekend Parker defended his title, beating Hughie Fury in the UK by Majority Decision, and after the bout Parkers camp, mentioned that the champion would be next fighting in either Japan or the US.
The story has been strengthened by Kyotaro's team stating that talks between the two teams have been in the works, and that there had been talk in the past about the two men facing off. There are still hurdles to that bout, including the finances, but from what we understand talks will begin shortly, and if a deal can be arranged for December, potentially December 31st, then Kyotaro's bout with Rayment will be cancelled to have Kyotaro face Parket instead.
It seems like if a deal cannot be struck quickly then the bout will take place in 2018, with Kyotaro's bout against Rayment going ahead and Parker fighting in December in America.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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