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Fujimoto defeats WBC #15 Welliver

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten Japanese heavyweight prospect Kyotaro Fujimoto (5-0, 3 KOs), 225.75, surprisingly defeated WBC#15 Chauncy Welliver (53-7-5 20 KOs), 250.25, US, by a unanimous decision (98-94, 98-93 and 99-91) over ten rounds on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. Kyotaro, 26, used to fight in K-1 martial arts bouts, using his thick legs, and entered the international style field just last year. Welliver, a taller southpaw than the six-foot Japanese, looked heavy around the waist, but dominated the opening session with solid lead rights. Fujimoto, however, began to aim at the loose breadbasket and utilized his faster footwork from the second round on. Since Kyotaro’s combinations were quick but light, Welliver had him land pit-a-pat punches freely to land his big right shots, which often missed the Japanese target. Welliver once caught Kyotaro in round nine, when he connected with southpaw right uppercuts to the aggressor and almost buckled the Japanese’ knees. Utilizing his hit-and-run strategy, Kyotaro was in command in the last session as he kept peppering the visibly fading prefight favorite and quickly moved away. Welliver might have taken him lightly, but Kyotaro fought much better than we had expected—in his first ten-rounder.

WBC#25 heavyweight Frenchman Johann Duhaupas (28-1, 17 KOs), 233.5, made good use of his advantageous 6’5” height and superior reach in finally halting game but bloodied Japanese Masataka Takehara (7-7-3, 3 KOs), 225.75, at 2:14 of the sixth round in a scheduled eight. Takehara displayed a furious opening attack to the taller Frenchman, who kept his composure, blocked his roundhouse shots and effectively retaliated with solid left-right combinations. Duhaupas opened gashes at both cheeks of the Japanese willing mixer, who withstood his sharp attack until the referee’s well-timed intervention.

Unbeaten super-light prospect Shuhei Tsuchiya (14-0, 12 KOs), 140.25, Japan, had a tough time with whiplash southpaw jabs of PABA titlist Stevie Ongen Ferdinandus (12-5, 7 KOs), 140.75, but battered the fading Indonesian in later rounds, winning a unanimous verdict (97-94 and 98-94 twice) over ten non-title rounds.

Japanese #7 flyweight Yuki Nasu (23-6, 16 KOs), 115, embalmed Thailander Watchanapol Kietprapat (13-9, 5 KOs), 114.75, with a single right cross at 1:08 of the third round in a scheduled eight.

It was a deluxe show organized by Kenichi Hagimori, the manager of Kyotaro Fujimoto, who enjoyed a good night with his boy’s upset victory.

Promoter: Kadoebi Jewel Promotions.




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