Kyotaro Fujimoto: Former K-1 heavyweight champion poised for return
Kyotaro Fujimoto (20-1, 12 KO) will rematch Suthat Kalalek (13-10) on October 21 and the bout will be held at Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan.
Fujimoto won their first encounter via TKO in September 2018 but hasn't fought since.
So, who is Kyotaro Fujimoto?
A former kickboxer, Fujimoto is a previous K-1 Heavyweight Champion who successfully defended his title against kickboxing legend Peter Aerts at K-1 World Grand Prix 2010 in Yokohama.
- K-1 began in 1993 and is a kickboxing organisation and martial arts brand well-known worldwide mainly for its heavyweight division fights. The fighting styles include karate, kickboxing and kung fu.)
He was also the K-1 World Grand Prix 2008 in Fukuoka tournament finalist and K-1 Young Japan GP 2007 champion.
In October 2011, Kyotaro relinquished the K-1 Heavyweight title in order to pursue a career in professional boxing.
A Tokyo native, Fujimoto debuted in the Sweet Science in December 2011 and won his first five bouts before being stopped by a more experienced Solomon Haumono (then 19-1-2) a year after his boxing debut. But, the 33 year old, 6'0" Japanese warrior has won 15 straight since that loss and is undoubtedly looking to get into the heavyweight contender mix.
Of note, Kyotaro boasts points wins over veteran journeyman Chauncy Welliver (then 53-6-5), who was the WBC's No. 15 heavyweight at the time, and Nobuhiro Ishida who'd previously challenged for middleweight and jr middleweight titles several times.