Daniel 'Dynamite' Dubois (13-0, 12KOs) takes on a different kind of opponent in his next fight as he hunts down the WBC Silver Championship at the Copper Box Arena on December 21.
His 14th ring challenger is Japan's Kyotaro Fujimoto (21-1, 13KOs).
BBN dug up some details about the East Asian fighter.
KO Ratio: 59%
Height: 6’ 0”
Born: Osaka, Japan
From: Tokyo, Japan
Born on June 23, 1986, he started learning karate at a very young age. After his parents divorced when he was just 11, he lived in a house with his mother, sisters and grandmother.
Kyotaro Fujimoto is a former kickboxer and K-1 heavyweight champion.
He defended his K-1 heavyweight title, which he won in 2009, to kickboxing legend ‘The Dutch Lumberjack’ Peter Aerts at the K-1 World Grand Prix 2010 in Yokohama. Aerts was a three-time K-1 World Grand Prix champion and was knocked down twice by Fujimoto in the first round, then knocked out with a right hook in the second round.
His professional kickboxing career lasted from 2006-2010, when he trained with Kensaku Maeda at the Dragon Dojo. In October 2011, he relinquished his K-1 heavyweight title to pursue a career in professional boxing. His record ended up as 18-5, 9KOs.
During that period one of his defeats was to Oleksandr Usyk’s intended opponent for his heavyweight debut, Tyrone Spong, until an adverse drug test saw him replaced by Chazz Witherspoon. Fujimoto lost to Spong by unanimous decision in the K-1 World Grand Prix final.
He is now trained by Hiroyuki Abe at the Kadoebi Hoseki Gym.
His professional boxing debut was on New Years Eve in 2011. He won by unanimous decision over six rounds at heavyweight in his home town of Osaka.
His sole career loss was when he stepped up to fight for his first title a little too early in his sixth pro fight for the vacant OPBF heavyweight belt, exactly one year on from his debut on New Years Eve again! He was stopped in the fifth round by Solomon Haumono (19-1-2).
He has since won three titles in boxing – Japanese heavyweight title; WBC – OPBF heavyweight title; WBO Asia Pacific heavyweight title.
He is currently ranked WBA #12 and is the no.1 ranked heavyweight in Japan.
His last five fights have all ended inside the distance against opposition with a combined record of 56-31.