Over the last week or so we have seen a number of Japanese fighters having future bouts announced for WBO Asia Pacific titles. We have already seen 3 such bouts announced for September, featuring the likes of Akihiro Kondo, Takuya Watanabe, Hikaru Nishida and Makoto Fuchigami, and we're expecting many more to follow over the coming weeks and months as Japanese fighters look to make the most of their new opportunity to fight for the title at home, in front of Japanese fans.
One such fighter who has admitted his interested in winning one of the newly recognised titles is Japanese Heavyweight champion Kyotaro Fujimoto (15-1, 8) [藤本 京太郎], who stated his interest after his most recent win over Adam Lovelock whilst also suggesting that he would be returning in December.
At the time it seemed like a off the cuff reference to the fact the JBC were considering recognising the titles in the future, something they have now done.
If Kyotaro does indeed pursue the WBO Asia Pacific title, and makes his ring return in December as he suggested, then the possibility is that the Japanese Heavyweight will be chasing a fight with Englishman Ian Lewison (12-2-1, 8), who won the title in June with a 2nd round KO win against Chinese fighter Wu Zhi Yu. At the time Lewison's bout with Yu did raise eyebrows but some have now speculated that the plan was to claim the title and move towards a potentially big bout in the Asia Pacific region.
At the moment no official word has come from anyone regarding the bout but some have suggested that talks will begin for the bout shortly with Kyotaro also leaving the door open for an OPBF title fight, likely seeing which option is easier to make for the date that he next wants to fight.
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