Kyotaro Fujimoto: Candidate for Joseph Parker's next fight returns Nov 4Written by Leroy Cleveland
Kyotaro Fujimoto (17-1, 9 KO), who is rumored to be the next opponent for WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker, faces Randall Rayment (8-3, 3 KO) on November 4 in Tokyo.
Fujimoto, rated NO. 7 in the heavyweight division by the WBO, is quite an interesting fella.
The 31-year-old Japanese fighter used to kickbox professionally and is a former K-1 heavyweight champion. As a kickboxer, he sported a 18-5, 9 KO record and has faced the likes of Gegard Mousasi, Semmy Schilt, Jérôme Le Banner and Mighty Mo.
Kyotaro debuted as a pro boxer on December 31, 2011 and, along the way, has defeated journeymen Chauncy Welliver (then 53-6-5) and blown-up former middleweight Nobuhiro Ishida (twice). His lone loss, which occured in 2012, came at the hands of Solomon Haumono (now 24-4-2, 21 KO).
Standing 6'0" with just a 73 inch reach, Fujimoto is an undersized heavyweight who is believed to have a nasty right hand. Should Kyotaro defeat Rayment, who is on a six-fight win streak, he'll likely be in high consideration as the opponent for Joseph Parker's upcoming voluntary title defense.
Fujimoto seems to be a formidable fighter but how did he jump all the way to No. 7 in the WBO rankings? He's ahead of Amir Mansour, Luis Ortiz, Andy Ruiz, David Haye and a host of others who merit a much higher ranking.
And why is someone who might be in line for a title shot facing an opponent who is 8-3, 3 KO?
Excited about Parker vs Fujimoto yet?