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Northern Ireland’s Johnny Smith vs Japan’s Yohe Fujioka for WKN welterweight title at ‘King of the Ring’

Johnny Smith, Yohe Fujioka

The Kickboxing World Championship will return to Northern Ireland with the next edition of Billy Murray Promotions titled “King of the Ring.” The made in Prokick event will take place at Stormont Hotel in Belfast, Northern Ireland on June 6, 2020.

“King of the Ring” will feature Johnny “Swift” Smith of Northern Ireland up against Yohe “KO Master” Fujioka of Japan. They will battle it out in a five-round contest with WKN Welterweight title on the line.

The “King of the Ring” undercard will see a series of kickboxing bouts with local and international competitors. Tickets are available at PROKICK Shop.

Undefeated in nine professional outings with six knockouts, Smith holds the title of the WKN Intercontinental Welterweight Championship. In his previous bout in October 2019, he retained the belt and earned a shot at world title by knockout in the second round against Shuhei Sone of Japan.

Smith lifted the intercontinental belt in June 2019 via a fourth-round stoppage of Lee Ji Hoon of Korea. In addition, the Northern Irish fighter held the amateur world title and recorded 17 wins, 4 losses and 2 draws.

On the other hand, Fujioka is the current JKFC Kickboxing Welterweight Champion and was crowned the YAMATO 70 kg 8-man Tournament Winner in 2018. From his 20 wins, 19 came by way of knockout.

In September 2019, Fujioka stopped Shingo “Garyu” Yamamoto of Japan. Prior to that, Fujioka knocked out Kenta Mori of Japan and Franco Gutierrez of Nicaragua.

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