The first of those was former world title challenger Ryuji Hara (21-2, 11) [原隆二] who over-came Japanese ranked Minimumweight Hiroya Yamamoto (10-5, 4) [山本 浩也] with an 8 round decision. The bout was one that Hara always seemed to be in control of, but had to work to win, with Yamamoto looking for the upset but just lacking the accuracy to really test Hara.
The second of the under-card bouts saw Koki Inoue (6-0, 5) [浩樹井上], the cousin of Naoya Inoue, score his best win to date with a real beat down of the Japanese ranked Futoshi Usami (14-3-1, 11) [宇佐美 太志]. Usami showed some real belief in the opening round but Inoue turned it on in round 2 and dropped Usami before repeating the feat in round 3 and forcing the referee to intervene, saving Usami from further punishment. Given the performance it seems like Inoue was looking to make a statement and suggest he was ready for title action.
The third of the bouts saw the very highly touted Ryo Matsumoto (18-1, 16) [松本 亮] return to the ring one year after suffering a stoppage loss to Victor Uriel Lopez (10-6-1, 4) and avenging it in style.
The talented Ohashi youngster had looked in control of the first bout against Lopez before running out of energy and it was later found that he was suffering from a major medical issue that required serious sugery. Rather than having a warm up bout after surgery Matsumoto wanted to avenge his loss and and it showed as he set off to beat up the Mexican. In the first round Matsumoto landed some solid shots and did the same in rounds 2 and 3, whilst controlling the distance beautifully. In round 5 Lopez began to go forward, feeling like he could repeat the result of a year ago but Matsumoto instead neutralised the Mexican before unloading in round 6 and forcing the referee the save Lopez. The youngster stated the loss made him stronger than he had been before but the reality is that treatment for Hypothyroidism has likely done a lot more to help than the loss last year.
As we were writing this news has just broke that Satoshi Shimizu (2-0, 2) [清水 聡], has recorded his second professional win with a 3rd round win against Filipino Carlo Demecillo (6-4, 1), who had recently gone 10 rounds with world title challenger Hisashi Amagasa. The victory wasn't just impressive in the speed but also the manner with Demecillo being laid out in scary fashion.
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