The Welterweight Rookie of the Year final saw the gigantic Junpei Tsujimoto (4-1-3, 2) [辻本純兵] , who stands at over 6'1", take on the much shorter Atsushi Matsui (4-1, 4) [松井敦史], a feared puncher.
Tsujimoto looked sharp and crisp from the opening seconds, and used his size brilliantly, keeping Matsui at range, and digging his man with both head and body shots. Those shots took a toll and at the end of the opening round Matsui had suffered a knockdown.
Having been dropped, but not badly hurt, Matsui came out for the second round looking to chance things, but struggled to get around the reach of Tsujimoto, who landed a number of big right hands, and got away with stiff arming the much smaller Matsui, keeping him at range.
Through 3 rounds there was really no worried at all for Tsujimoto, who was totally bossing things. That all changed however in round 4, when Matsui managed to, finally, get inside and land his own power shots. It was the first time Tsujimoto had looked under and pressure and cracks were beginning to show, cracks that Matsui looked to deepen in round 5.
Sadly for Matsui he was unable to break the will of Tsujimoto, who actually had success towards the end of the bout as he showed his toughness and took a clear decision win over the previously unbeaten Matsui.
News! We try and give you the most interesting news stories from the Asian boxing world!