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Daniel Dubois-Kyotaro Fujimoto set for December 21st in London

Fujimoto is ranked by the WBA

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Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

Top British heavyweight prospect Daniel Dubois will squeeze a fifth fight into 2019 when he faces former K-1 champion and current WBA #12 Kyotaro Fujimoto on December 21st, headlining a Queensberry card at London’s Copper Box Arena.

The 22-year-old Dubois (13-0, 12 KO) has scored four knockouts since a decision over veteran punching bag Kevin Johnson; three weren’t much to write home about, coming over Razvan Cojanu and a pair of untested Ghanaians in Richard Lartey and Ebenezer Tetteh, but he did score a career-best finish of fellow prospect Nathan Gorman in dominant fashion.

Fujimoto (21-1, 13 KO) is much closer to Gorman than to Cojanu in terms of ability, but he’s probably in for a whooping. He’s 16-0 since a shock loss to Solomon Haumono in 2012 and beat standouts like Melvin Manhoef, Peter Aerts, and Jerome Le Banner during his kickboxing days, but his most notable boxing victories were a pair of decisions over Nobuhiro Ishida. To make matters worse for him, he’ll give up five inches of height and reach to Dubois and was once dropped by MMA veteran Gegard Mousasi, who does his best work at 185 pounds.

So, yeah, expect “Dynamite” to close the year with a bang.

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