At the start of November we reported that Japanese Heavyweight champion Kyotaro Fujimoto (15-1, 8) [藤本 京太郎] would be back in the ring on January 14th at the Korakuen Hall, as part of an interesting card from Kadoebi Houseki.
Today we saw Fujimoto's bout being officially announced with the colourfully haired Japanese fighter now set to face Australian Heavyweight champion Willie Nasio (10-1, 9) on January date for the OPBF Heavyweight title.
For Kyotaro this is a second shot at the Oriental crown, following a 2012 bout with Solomon Haumono, and this time around hie is much more prepared than he was, with the Haumono bout being Kyotaro's 6th professional bout. For Nasio it will be his first OPBF title bout, though he'll be looking to claim a third career title having held a regional Australian and the Australian national title.
The winner of this may find themselves putting into the muddled WBC world title scene, where it seems we get a monthly drug test failure, and could potentially find themselves in the mix for a major fight either later in the year or in 2018, with Kyotaro possibly becoming the first Japanese born fighter to fight in a Heavyweight world title bout.
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