Back in June we reported that a very interesting Heavyweight clash between Japan's Kyotaro Fujimoto (12-1, 6) and fast rising Kiwi Joseph Parker (14-0, 12) was looking likely to be announced for August and was deep in talks. Since then the talks have broken down, massively, with Fujimoto's team walking away from the table, much to the annoyance of Parker's team, who have seen their man sign up to fight Bowie Tupou (25-3, 17) for a small collection of titles, including the OPBF belt.
Kyotaro's move away from the negotiating table was seen as a spineless move by Parker and his team who made it clear that they thought the Japanese fighter had "run off scared".
According to a Japanese source earlier today things weren't as clear as that for Kyotaro who wasn't just in talks with Parker. In fact Kyotaro was in talks for a much bigger bout, one with historic implications.
The source in question has informed us that Kyotaro was in talks to face WBC Heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder (34-0, 33), with the Japanese fighter trying to make the most of his #15 WBC world ranking.
Boxing fans have known for a while that Wilder is set to return to the ring in the coming months before facing a mandatory with Alexander Povetkin (29-1, 21) in a mandatory title defense later in the year. Kyotaro was hoping to be the opponent that would get a shot at Wilder before the mandatory was due and his name was thrown into the hat alongside that of Lucas Browne (22-0, 19) and others.
At the moment Wilder's opponent hasn't yet been announced for his up coming bout, though a date of September 26th has been set for it with the bout to air on NBC in the US. It does, however, sound like Kyotaro has been ruled out, unless an injury occurs in which case he will be considered as a back up opponent. If he manages to get the shot, some how, then he would become the first Japanese born fighter to fight for a Heavyweight world title, and only the second Japanese licensed fighter to do so, after who fought Oleg Maskaev for the WBC title in 2006.
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