Back in January we saw Kyotaro Fujimoto (16-1, 8) [藤本 京太郎] create a little slice of history as he became the first Japanese born fighter to become the OPBF Heavyweight champion. In May he will attempt to solidify his position as he returns to the ring in an attempt to make his first defense of the title.
The Kadoebi Houseki fighter will be looking to defend his title on May 8th, at the Korakuen Hall, against Australian based Samoan born challenger Herman Ene Purcell (12-5, 6), who will be making his first OPBF title challenge.
The talented Fujimoto claimed the title on January 14th when he out boxed the big punching Willie Nasio for the belt, dropping Nasio on route to the win. Against Purcell we're expecting to see a difference tactic being required from Fujimoto, with Purcell being less cumbersome, and less heavy handed, than Nasio.
Although the bout is the main event there will be a number of notable fighters on the under-card, including Akinori Watanabe (33-6, 28) [渡部あきのり] and Shoma Fukumoto (10-1, 8) [福本 祥馬], both of whom fought on the under-card of Fujimoto's title win.
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