The bout saw defending champion Reiya Konishi (14-0, 5) [小西 伶弥] make his second defense of thr title, as he over-came #1 ranked challenger Kenta Matsui (8-7, 1) [松井謙太] in what proved to be a toroughly one-sided bout from the start to the end.
Konishi took control of the bout from the opening round, using his right hand early on to keep Matsui from openign up, mixing between the head and body of the challenger. To his credit Matsui gritted his teeth, and refused to just go away, doing enough to earn a share of round 3 on one card, but he was clearly out classed.
After 5 rounds, when the score cards were openly announced, the bout was looking like the dominant contest that fans were seeing. The judges had Konishi 50-45 up, twice, and 50-46, thanks to the 10-10 round 3 one judge had given.
If Matsui thought things were going to change the second half of the fight he was to be sorely disappointed, but Konishi simply being too good, too fast and smart. The key to his assault was a continued body attack that left Matsui with little answer and the only real grace the challenger got being a point deduction in round for Konishi, due to low blows. That point deduction resulted in two judges having the round 9-9 and one having it 10-9 to Matsui, after having scored it 10-10 before the deduction.
At the end of the bout the decision was a formality with Konishi getting the decision 99-90, 99-90 and 99-92.
The one surprise from the bout came after the contest with talk from Konishi's camp of their man vacating the title and heading up to Light Flyweight to pursue a world title. The decision to vacate will be made in the new year, and could leave the Champion Carnival bout at 105lbs being a very interesting talking point. For Matsui though this wasn't to be and he really did look out of his depth against a champion who put in a career best performance.
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