It's still rare to see Heavyweight bouts in Japan but today they had one as Japanese champion Kyotaro Fujimoto (14-1, 7) [藤本 京太郎] faced off with Australian visitor Nathan McKay (6-3, 3) in an 8 rounder.
The bout, which was part of the under-card to a world title triple header in Tokyo, saw Kyotaro easily out point the bigger, but slower and clumsier McKay.
In the opening round Kyotaro made the most of his speed, using movement to to get in and out on McKay whilst firing his jab in at the visitor. That tactic worked perfectly to secure the home man the opening round, and easy his way into the contest. In the following round he began to vary his assualts slightly more, landing a notable right hand and a solid body shot, with McKay having no real answer to Kyotaro's speed.
It wasn't until round 4 that McKay really had any notable success as he went on the offensive and tried to take the fight to Kyotaro, though unfortunately for him it was another round that saw him take more than his share of shots with Kyotaro continuing to use the ring and his speed, although he was on the back foot for the round.
Although McKay had had success in round 4 it was a fleeting moment of desire and the following rounds saw Kyotaro go back to out boxing his foe, which he did to the final bell.
At the end their was no real argument over the winner, with the Japanese fighter taking a clear decision win with cards of 80-73 80-73 and 80-72. Hopefully this win will lead Kyotaro to bigger and better fights later in the year, though their is some worry that he will continue to face low level competition until his team are ready to "cash out" on him.
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