The WBC #15 ranked contender, and current Japanese national champion, had been rumoured to be getting big fights this year, following 3 defenses of the Japanese title. Unfortunately however his next bout won't be a big one, and instead it seems as if he's been penciled in for a fight with 33 year old Croatian journeyman Jakov Gospic (15-13, 11). This is a long way from potential payday against WBC champion Deontay Wilder, after having been in touch about facing the unbeaten American, or an OPBF title bout with fast rising New Zealander Joseph Parker.
Gospic may not be a name immediately recognisable to many however he has appeared on TV in bouts aired across Europe and faced some relatively well known names including former contenders and current hopefuls. Unfortunately however he has typically lost those bouts with the likes of Erkan Teper (KO9), Matt Skelton (TKO6), Gary Cornish (TKO4), Carlos Takam (KO3), Tom Schwarz (TKO3), Matteo Modugno (Pts 8) and Apti Davtaev (KO2) all defeating him.
Although there was hope for Kyotaro at one point, it does seem that his two scares against Nobuhiro Ishida has killed the expectation that was once on his shoulders.
For those who missed it, we've included Kyotaro's second bout with Ishida below.
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