Some 4 months after the victory over Peter we saw Fujimoto returning to the ring for his first defence of the belt as he took on Kotatsu Takehara, a limited Japanese Heavyweight who had fought on the international stage against Magomed Abdusalamov and Lucas Browne, who had both blown him out in a round, and Alex Leapai, who he held to a 6 round draw.
On paper it was a mismatch. Kyotaro, the golden boy of the Japanese Heavyweight scene, was 7-1 (5) and a man who had impressed fans with movement, skills and speed. Takehara was 9-8-3 (4) a was effectively a journeyman. In the ring however the bout was far from being a mismatch. We won't ruin the result but to say this was competitive is really not stretching the truth at all.
Interestingly the men will fight again on September 10th. The winner of their rematch is likely to fight Nobuhiro Ishida on New Years Eve in what could well be a hugely important bout for the Heavyweight division in Japan.