Earlier today we received more information on the up coming Japanese Heavyweight bout between national champion Kyotaro Fujimoto (8-1, 5) and former WBA interim Light Middleweight champion Nobuhiro Ishida (25-9-2, 10), pictured together opposite.
Firstly the bout has been set at 8 rounds. This seems to have been a compromise by all parties. Originally Ishida and Fujimoto both wanted the bout to be a 10 rounder for the title the JBC however stood by the bout not being a title fight and only allowing it to be scheduled for 6. The compromise at 8 rounds does seem to be the fairest thing in for all parties involved, though we did actually expect the JBC to stand firm on 6.
Although the bout isn't set for the championship distance Fujimoto can still lose the title. If Ishida wins Fujimoto will be stripped of the title. This is interesting because Ishida himself won't get to win the belt but Fujimoto can lose it.
A third agreement has been that Ishida will be weighed and given a medical screening both 1 week before and 2 weeks before the bout. We're expecting that if Ishida fails to be suitably in shape the JBC will then either refuse to sanction the bout or will again drop the bout to a 6 round contest.
The card, dubbed "Kamikaze 3" now has an official banner, as seen above. The banner also features Yoshitaka Kato (26-5-1, 7) and Yuhei Suzuki (14-3, 11) who will fight for the Japanese Lightweight title, currently held by Kato, in what looks to be a thrilling encounter even if it lacks the headline appeal of the main event.
(Banner courtesy of http://www.kadoebi.com/, photo's inset courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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