We have been told that Japanese Heavyweight champion Kyotaro Fujimoto (10-1, 6) has ruled himself out of a rematch with fellow Japanese fighter Nobuhiro Ishida (26-10-2, 10).
Fujimoto, who has always seemed apprehensive of a rematch with Ishida, essentially ruled himself out by stating two things. The first is that he wants to compete with top foreign fighters, a fair enough statement. The second was that he wasn't interested in the Japanese title, again it's a fair enough statement albeit a disappointing one.
Although bout appears to be off it doesn't seem to have stopped Ishida taunting Fujimoto. Sadly though it appears those taunts won't have the effect he hopes they will and instead the bout will take a gigantic financial offer if it's to come off.
If the bout doesn't happen then we hope Ishida will get a shot at one of the other Japanese Heavyweight's in a title fight. We know there isn't much depth there but it still seems better than the title being deactivated as it had been prior to Fujimoto winning it last year, when he defeated Okello Peter.
At the moment it seems likely Ishida will be fighting on New Years Eve. Who his opponent will be is a big question. As for Fujimoto we wish him well if he goes the international route, though he will almost certainly be remembered by international fans as "the man who ducked Ishida". Whether he likes it or not that'll be what American and European fans will know him best for.
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