Earlier today in Tokyo fight fans saw former Heavyweight triple crown holder Kyotaro Fujimoto (21-1, 13) [藤本京太郎] end a break of more than a year out of the ring, as he stopped Thai foe Suthat Kalalek (13-11, 12), for the second time.
The two men, who had fought in September 2018, weren't expected to have a competitive bout and that proved to be the case here.
Suthat came out looking for a big right hand, trying to catch Kyotaro cold. The Japanese fighter however adapted well, and quickly took control behind his foot work. That footwork opened up the space for Kyotaro to get his body shots into play and those proved to be very effective. Those body shots sapped the stamina from the Thai and in round 6 he was looking spent as Kyotaro moved in for the finish.
A further flurry of body shots saw Suthat crouch in a defensive posture, forcing the referee to rule a knockdown, before being downed again and again, to get Kyotaro a 6th round TKO win.
After the bout Kyotaro spoke about how he'd prepared for this bout, with around 80 rounds of sparring, and eaten well. He also added that he wants a world title shot and is hoping to become a dual-combat sports competitor, adding MMA to his boxing career.
Suthat on the other hand compared about a lack of Heavyweight sparring in Thailand.
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Earlier today fight fans at the Korakuen Hall had the chance to see OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific Heavyweight champion Kyotaro Fujimoto (20-1, 12) [藤本京太郎] make his latest defense, as he defeated under-sized Thai challenger Suthat Kalalek (12-10, 11).
The champion, who looked several divisions bigger than the challenger, took control from the off using his jab to control the tempo and distance of the bout. The challenger looked to land counters, and make the most of his power, but really struggled with the size and physical differences of the two men.
After 4 rounds the scores were announced publicly, and to no-ones surprise the judges were all in agreement 40-36 to Kyotaro.
The champion then picked up the pace and began to hunt for a stoppage.
To his credit the Thai showed his toughness but was dropped towards the end of round 6. He got to his feet but would retire in his corner at the end of the round.
Following the win Kyotaro stated that he was now wanting to either fight for the WBA "regular" title, essentially throwing his hat into the mix to face Fres Oquendo, or fight in a WBO title eliminator, where he is currently ranked #7.
(Image courtesy of Kadoebi Boxing Gym)
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