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Fujimoto Faces Peter in Historical Japan Bout on 7/25

Japan’s No. 1 ranked heavyweight fighter Kyotaro Fujimoto will face off against Uganda-born Okello Peter for the Japanese heavyweight crown on July 25 at Tokyo’s Korakuen Hall, the East Japan Boxing Association announced Tuesday.

It will be the first match to decide a heavyweight Japan champion since Noboru Kataoka became the division’s inaugural champ in May 1957. The Japan Boxing Commission vacated the heavyweight division eight months later when no one appeared to challenge Kataoka for the title.

Fujimoto, 26, stopped France’s Fabrice Aurieng in the seventh round last Wednesday to book the match against the 40-year-old Peter, who is currently the second-highest ranked in Japan.

The Osaka native is 6-1 with four knockouts in his seven professional fights. Peter, whose last win came in a fourth-round stoppage of American Freddie Miller on Nov. 11, 2012, holds a record of 21-6 (19 KOs).

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by joe strong on 04-24-2013

the guy beat chauncy welliver in his 4th fight i believe. this is not sam peter it's peter okello who once got as title shot at oleg maskaev...i thought it was going to be sam peter until i read the…

Comment by WesleySnipes on 04-24-2013

Japan got a heavyweight? caught me by suprise o.O

Comment by Cloud on 04-24-2013

Kyotaro is doing okay in boxing. He should have stayed in kickboxing though where he was an arse end top ten fighter.

Comment by elgranluchadore on 04-24-2013

poor kyotaro getting thrown to the wolves

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