According to sources today the bout between Fujimoto and Rayment is now not going to be cancelled. Instead the bout with Rayment will be regarded as part of Kyotaro's preparations, despite only taking place only 8 weeks apart, if a deal with Parker can be made.
The talk out of the Japanese press this morning, Thursday in Tokyo, is that talks representatives from both Duco, who represent the current world champion, and Kadoebi Houseki, who manage Fujimoto, is that talks are beggining, with the key points of issue at the moment being the finances.
The bout si expected to gain a lot of attention in Japan, with Kadoebi said to be massively interested in the promotional rights of the contest, which is expected to take place on December 31st in Japan. It's thought that the bout would feature on TBS's year ending "Kyoguken" show, and would garner a multi-million viewer audience. That's helped in part due to the intrigue and interest in a Japanese fighter finally fighting for a Heavyweight world title, for the first time in history.
The two men have been linked to fighting in the past, with talk of the two men fighting dating back to late 2014. It now seems like the bout has been given enough time to build to the point where it's going to be at it's most significant, and leaving it any longer will potentially see one of the two men suffer a loss that takes the chine off the contest.
According to reports in the Japanese press both fighters are enthusiastic about the contest taking place, and it's obvious that bout is something both teams are now actively pursuing, and looking to get sorted. Even if Kyotaro does fight in the interim.
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