Earlier today in Sanda fight fans had the chance to see Japanese Youth Flyweight champion Arata Matsuoka (8-6, 4) [松岡新] make his first successful defense, as he took a clear decision over Jukiya Washio (7-3-1, 2) [鷲尾樹貴也].
Washio started the fight looking sharp, making and finding a home for his jab. Matsuoka struggled at times in these early stages and lost the first 2 rounds, tough battled back well in rounds 3 and 4 as he worked his way into the contest.
Having battled his way back into the bout after a relatively poor start Matsuoka began to increased the tempo in the second half, having more and more success in the later rounds. The late charge from Matsuoka was enough to secure him the win, with scores of 78-74, twice, and 77-75.
After the bout Matsuoka revealed he was unhappy with his performance in the first half, suggesting he was stiff, but it certainly seemed that as the bout went on he got better and better. Interestingly Washio noted that he had started but lost his crispness as the bout went on. It should be noted that Washio had never been in an 8 round bout before this and that was likely part of his issue with him fading late on, whilst this was the second time Matsuoka had completed 8 round.
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