According to sources in New Zealand it seems we're about to see an intriguing Heavyweight bout being announced in the next few days. The bout in question will see Japanese Heavyweight champion Kyotaro Fujimoto (12-1, 6) fly over to New Zealand to face off against the very fast rising Joseph Parker (14-0, 12).
This bout, originally mooted for last December, is already listed on boxrec.com as being set for August 1st though sources have informed that there are still a few details that need sorting before the bout can actually be announced.
Fujimoto, only the second ever Japanese Heavyweight champion, won his title in July 2013 and has defended the belt 3 times, including a recent win over the popular Nobuhiro Ishida. The Japanese fighter has insisted that he is done with the Japanese domestic scene after effectively cleaning out the division at home. Whilst we know he's looking for an international opponent he is taking a huge step up of he is to face Parker as is looking likely.
At the moment Fujimoto is ranked #15 by the WBC, an impressive ranking for a Japanese fighter given their history at Heavyweight is almost non-existent. He is also on a 7 fight winning streak, including wins over Ishida, twice, Okello Peter and Fabrice Aurieng.
As for the unbeaten Parker he looks to be among the very best Heavyweight prospects coming through. Unbeaten through 14 fights he has already scored notable wins over the likes of Frans Botha, Brian Minto, Sherman Williams and most recently Yaku Saglam. Not only has he looked good despatching of those foes but he has hardly broken sweat so far.
A former amateur standout many in New Zealand view Parker as their most promising fighter since David Tua emerged on the scene around 20 years ago. Given what we've seen of Parker we can't help but be impressed by the fast handed boxer-puncher who has shown all the tools to go a very, very long way.
Although Parker isn't ranked in the top 15 by the WBC, remarkably, he is top 10 ranked by both the WBO (#8) and the WBA (#10) and looks to be on the fast track to a world title fight. A win over Fujimoto would likely help him claim a WBC ranking as well.
At the moment boxrec lists the bout as being for the PABA and WBO Oriental titles. Given their rankings with the OPBF we would expect that title to be on the line if the two men can reach a deal in the coming days.
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