We've known for a while that OPBF Heavyweight champion Kyotaro Fujimoto (16-1, 8) [藤本 京太郎] would be defending his title against #1 contender Herman Ene Purcell (12-5, 6) on May 8th at the Korakuen Hall, with the bout serving as Kyotaro's first defense.
In the early morning news in Japan on Wednesday it was revealed that that not only would the OPBF title be on the line bu so to would be the WBO Asia Pacific Heavyweight, making the bout more historic and more significant than had it just been for the OPBF title.
A win for Purcell would make him a double champion, and help open up all sorts of notable fights as well as move him into the world rankings, taking the rankings that Kyotaro has. That however won't be the plan of Kadoebi, who certainly see the addittion of the WBO regional title as more of a bonus for their man, who they have huge belief in.
If Kyotaro wins it further defines his place in history, and makes him a triple crown winner as he would add the WBO Asia Pacific title to the OPBF and Japanese titles that he currently holds. It would see him becoming the first Japanese fighter to claim the WBO Asia Pacific Heavyweight title, the first at any weight to unify the three crowns and potentilly helps push him towards a WBO world title fight, against Joseph Parker.
The bout is certainly one that had interesting in it anyway, but the addittion of the extra belt certainly addsa little bit extra, especially due to the boost it will give the winner with the WBO, and the potential world title fight down the line.
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