Kyotaro Fujimoto

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Kyōtarō
京太郎
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Fujimoto during a match with Solomon Haumono in 2012
Born Fujimoto Kyōtarō
[ɸɯdʑimoto kʲoːtaɾoː]
藤本 京太郎
(1986-06-23) June 23, 1986 (age 31)
Osaka, Japan
Native name 京太郎
Nationality Japan Japanese
Height 183 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 102 kg (225 lb; 16 st 1 lb)
Division Heavyweight
Style Kickboxing, Boxing, Uomoto-ryū Karate
Fighting out of Machida, Tokyo, Japan
Team Team Dragon
Trainer Kensaku Maeda
Years active 2006–2011 (kickboxing)
2011-present (boxing)
Professional boxing record
Total 17
Wins 16
By knockout 8
Losses 1
By knockout 1
Draws 0
Kickboxing record
Total 23
Wins 18
By knockout 9
Losses 5
Other information
Boxing record from BoxRec
last updated on: January 28, 2017

Kyotaro (京太郎 [kʲoːtaɾoː], Kyōtarō, born 23 June 1986) is a Japanese heavyweight boxer and former kickboxer. His real name is Kyotaro Fujimoto, and he had been using 3 other ring names before. He is known for his right hook which has knocked out many of his opponents. He is currently the K-1 Heavyweight Champion and has successfully defended the title against Peter Aerts at K-1 World Grand Prix 2010 in Yokohama. He was also the K-1 World Grand Prix 2008 in Fukuoka tournament finalist and K-1 Young Japan GP 2007 champion.[1]

Early life[edit]

Fujimoto was born in Osaka, Japan on June 23, 1986. He started learning karate of Uomoto-ryū (魚本流) as a child. His parents divorced in 1997 and he lived with his mother, sisters and grandmother.

Kickboxing career[edit]

Kyotaro moved to Tokyo and joined Dragon Dojo established by Kensaku Maeda. He debuted on May 17, 2006 against Junichi Hanada.

Kyotaro entered the world of K-1 when he fought and won the K-1 Tryout 2007 Survival tournament in Tokyo by defeating Tatsunori Momose in the semi-final and Takumi Sato in the final, all by decision. This tournament was designed to showcase new talent. He then fought Kyoung Suk Kim during the opening fights at K-1 World Grand Prix 2007 in Seoul Final 16 defeating Kim by 2nd Round Knockout. He further proved himself as a top K-1 contender by defeating the K-1 World Grand Prix 2004 in Las Vegas II and the K-1 World Grand Prix 2007 in Hawaii tournament champion Mighty Mo at K-1 World Grand Prix 2008 in Yokohama. Kyotaro was then invited to fight in the K-1 World GP 2008 in Fukuoka in which he became the runner up losing to Brazilian Karateka Ewerton Teixeira.

On March 28, 2009, Kyotaro won the K-1 Heavyweight (-100 kg) Title tournament by knocking out Melvin Manhoef in semifinals and beating Gokhan Saki in finals by extra round majority decision. Kyotaro became the second fighter after Badr Hari to win the title in K-1 Light Heavyweight division.[2] Kyotaro recently defended his title against 3 time K-1 Grand Prix Champion Peter Aerts at K-1 World Grand Prix 2010 in Yokohama. Kyotaro knocked Aerts down twice at the end of the 1st Round and then knocked him out with his right hook in the 2nd Round.

At the K-1 Final 16 Kyotaro defeated another legend in Jerome Le Banner. Kyotaro withstood the Frenchman's early power to give him a severe beating in the 3rd round to earn a draw. Le Banner was angry at the decision and walked out of the ring, giving Kyotaro the win by DQ.

His next fight was at the K-1 World Grand Prix 2010 Final against 4-time defending champion Semmy Schilt. He was unable to faze his taller opponent, losing by unanimous decision.

He then chose to fight the DREAM (MMA) Light-heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi. He was knocked down in the second round and again lost by unanimous decision.

In October 2011, Kyotaro relinquished the K-1 Heavyweight title in order to pursue a career in professional boxing.[3]

Boxing career[edit]

Kyotaro debuted as a pro boxer on December 31, 2011 when he took a unanimous decision win over Michael O'Donnell in Osaka, Japan. In September 2012, he defeated Chauncy Welliver by unanimous decision, who at the time was ranked #15 in the world by the WBC. Kyotaro took Welliver's place in the WBC top 15 as a result of this win. Kyotaro lost his next fight against Solomon Haumono via TKO in the 5th round. The fight was held at Bodymaker Colosseum in Osaka on December 31, 2012. Kyotaro won his first major regional title against Willie Nasio for the vacant WBC - OPBF heavyweight title in 2017.

Kickboxing Titles[edit]

  • Amateur
    • 18th All Japan Shin-Karate Championships(K-2 GRAND PRIX) Heavyweight(+75 kg) tournament winner (May 3, 2007)[4]
  • Professional
    • 2009-2011 K-1 Heavyweight (-100 kg) Champion (1 def.)
    • 2009 K-1 Heavyweight (-100 kg) Tournament Champion
    • 2008 K-1 Japan GP in Fukuoka Runner-up
    • 2007 K-1 Tryouts Young Japan GP champion

Boxing Titles[edit]

  • Japanese heavyweight title (224½Ibs)
  • WBC - OPBF heavyweight title (227¼Ibs)
  • WBO Asia Pacific heavyweight title (228½Ibs)

Awards[edit]

  • 18th All Japan Shin-Karate Championship Gaora Award

Ring names[edit]

  • Kyōtarō Ranger (狂太郎レンジャー / May 2006 - August 2007)
  • Kyōtarō Ranger (強太郎レンジャー / August 2007 - January 2008)
  • Maeda Keijirō (前田 慶次郎 / January 2008 - August 2009) a.k.a. Keijiro Maeda
  • Kyōtarō (京太郎 / August 2009–Present)

Kickboxing record[edit]

Professional kickboxing record
18 Wins (9 (T) KO's, 8 decisions, 1 dq), 5 Losses
Date Result Opponent Event Location Method Round Time Record
2010-12-31 Loss Armenia Gegard Mousasi Dynamite!! 2010 Saitama, Japan Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00 18-5
2010-12-11 Loss Netherlands Semmy Schilt K-1 World Grand Prix 2010 Final Tokyo, Japan Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00 18-4
2010-10-02 Win France Jérôme Le Banner K-1 World Grand Prix 2010 in Seoul Final 16 Seoul, South Korea Forfeit 4 0:00 18-3
2010-04-03 Win Netherlands Peter Aerts K-1 World Grand Prix 2010 in Yokohama Yokohama, Japan KO (Right hook) 2 1:56 17-3
Fight for K-1 Heavyweight (-100kg) title.
2009-12-05 Loss Suriname Tyrone Spong K-1 World Grand Prix 2009 Final Yokohama, Japan Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00 16-3
2009-09-26 Loss Russia Ruslan Karaev K-1 World Grand Prix 2009 Final 16 Seoul, Republic of Korea Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00 16-2
2009-08-11 Win Czech Republic Jan Soukup K-1 World Grand Prix 2009 in Tokyo Final 16 Qualifying GP Tokyo, Japan KO (Right hook) 3 1:20 16-1
2009-03-28 Win Turkey Gökhan Saki K-1 World GP 2009 in Yokohama Yokohama, Japan Ext R. Decision (Majority) 4 3:00 15-1
Wins K-1 Heavyweight (-100kg) title.
2009-03-28 Win Netherlands Melvin Manhoef K-1 World GP 2009 in Yokohama Yokohama, Japan KO (Right hook) 1 2:02 14-1
2008-09-27 Win South Korea Min Ho Song K-1 World GP 2008 Final 16 Seoul, Korea KO (Punches) 3 1:43 13-1
2008-06-29 Loss Brazil Ewerton Teixeira K-1 World GP 2008 in Fukuoka Final Fukuoka, Japan Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00 12-1
Fight was for K-1 World GP 2008 in Fukuoka title.
2008-06-29 Win Japan Takumi Sato K-1 World GP 2008 in Fukuoka Fukuoka, Japan Semi-final Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00 12-0
2008-06-29 Win Japan Musashi K-1 World GP 2008 in Fukuoka Quarter-final Fukuoka, Japan Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00 11-0
2008-04-13 Win American Samoa Mighty Mo K-1 World Grand Prix 2008 in Yokohama Yokohama, Japan Decision (Ext.R.) 4 3:00 10-0
2007-12-22 Win Japan Tsuyoshi Nakasako AJKF "Enter the Dragon The 1st" Japan KO 2 2:07 9-0
2007-09-29 Win South Korea Kyoung Suk Kim K-1 World Grand Prix 2007 in Seoul Final 16 Seoul, Korea KO 2 2:14 8-0
2007-08-16 Win Japan Takumi Sato K-1 Tryout 2007 Survival K-1 Young Japan GP Final Tokyo, Japan Ext.R Decision (Unanimous) 4 3:00 7-0
Wins K-1 Tryout 2007 Survival title.
2007-08-16 Win Japan Tatsunori Momose K-1 Tryout 2007 Survival K-1 Young Japan GP Semi-final Tokyo, Japan Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00 6-0
2007-06-03 Win Japan Ryo Takigawa J-Network "Team Dragon Quest 1" Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan Decision(unanimous) 3 3:00 5-0
2007-01-12 Win Japan Tank Sugimura MAJKF "Shidokan Spring New Year Event Breakdown-1" Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan KO(Punches) 2 1:42 4-0
2006-11-05 Win Thailand Turbo Weerasakreck M-1 "M-1 Fairtex Shingha Beer Muay Thai Challenge
-Thai King's Enthronement 60th Anniversary Cup 2006-"
Kōtō, Tokyo, Japan TKO(Right low kick) 4 2:13 3-0
2006-09-01 Win Japan Toshi Saenchai Gym J-Network "Mach! Go! Go! '06 -Flyweight Strongest Decision Tournament 1st Match- Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan Decision(unanimous) 3 3:00 2-0
2006-05-17 Win Japan Junichi Hanada J-Network "Go! Go! J-Net '06 -Invading the Dragon- Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan KO 2 1:16 1-0
Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes
Amateur kickboxing record
Date Result Opponent Event Location Method Round Time
2007-05-03 Win Japan Jun'ichi Kikuchi 18th K-2 GRAND PRIX Heavyweight tournament Final Adachi, Tokyo, Japan Ippon (Awasete) 1
Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

Boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
18 fights 17 wins 1 loss
By knockout 9 1
By decision 8 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
18 Win 17–1 Samoa Herman Ene Purcell TKO 9 (12) May 9, 2017 Japan Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan Retained OPBF Heavyweight title
Won vacant WBO Asia Pacific Heavyweight title
17 Win 16–1 Australia Willie Nasio UD 12 Jan 14, 2017 Japan Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan Won vacant OPBF Heavyweight title
16 Win 15–1 Australia Adam Lovelock TKO 2 (8) 2:13 Aug 2, 2016 Japan Shinjuku FACE, Tokyo, Japan
15 Win 14–1 Australia Nathan McKay UD 8 Aug 2, 2016 Japan Ota-City General Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan
14 Win 13–1 Mexico David Torres Garcia KO 3 (8) 1:05 Oct 21, 2015 Japan Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
13 Win 12–1 Japan Nobuhiro Ishida UD 10 Apr 30, 2015 Japan Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan Retained Japanese heavyweight title
12 Win 11–1 France David Radeff UD 8 Dec 18, 2014 Japan Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
11 Win 10–1 Japan Kotatsu Takehara TKO 5 (10) 0:44 Sep 10, 2014 Japan Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan Retained Japanese heavyweight title
10 Win 9–1 Japan Nobuhiro Ishida UD 8 Apr 30, 2014 Japan Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
9 Win 8–1 Japan Kotatsu Takehara UD 8 Nov 25, 2013 Japan Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
8 Win 7–1 Uganda Okello Peter TKO 6 (10) 2:59 Jul 23, 2013 Japan Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan Won vacant Japanese heavyweight title
7 Win 6–1 France Fabrice Aurieng TKO 7 (8) 1:11 Apr 17, 2013 Japan Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
6 Loss 5–1 Australia Solomon Haumono TKO 5 (12) 0:57 Dec 31, 2012 Japan Bodymaker Colosseum, Osaka, Japan for vacant OPBF Heavyweight title.
5 Win 5–0 New Zealand Chauncy Welliver UD 10 Sep 19, 2012 Japan Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
4 Win 4–0 New Zealand Clarence Tillman KO 3 (8) 0:47 Jun 20, 2012 Japan Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium, Osaka, Japan
3 Win 3–0 New Zealand Afa Tatupu TKO 2 (6) 0:47 May 17, 2012 Japan Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
2 Win 2–0 South Korea Jae-Chan Kim TKO 2 (6) 1:03 Mar 6, 2012 Japan Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
1 Win 1–0 Australia Michael O'Donnell UD 6 (6) Dec 31, 2011 Japan Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium, Osaka, Japan

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