Earlier today, on the non televised portion of the Ohashi promoted "Super Boxeo" card, fans saw the ultra-talented Ryo Matsumoto (12-0, 11) claim his first professional title as he defeated world ranked Thai Rusalee Samor (25-6-2, 11) and claimed the previously vacant OPBF Super Flyweight title.
The fight wasn't the most exciting in it's early stages as Matsumoto made the most of his height and reach advantages, which were notable to say the least. It seemed however that the Japanese youngster was keeping a lot in reserve, as if he knew he had it there if needed though could try some things in the mean time, including testing his stamina, something he hadn't really done as a professional.
Through 4 it was a shut out, 40-36 on the opening scoring, it was the same after 8 rounds with Matsumoto sweeping the cards and sitting firmly in control of the bout. From the on however it was uncharted territory for talented 20 year old who knew that this was time where he was going to have to prove him, and prove himself he did.
From round 9 on wards Matsumoto began to press more looking for the stoppage, knowing that that was what he needed to really impress the despite the relatively tame rounds that had preceded it. And impress he did as he finally stopped the tough Samor inside the the first minute of round 12.
As far as we understand this was a step towards a world title fight in 2015 for Matsumoto and having gone into round 12 for the first time it seems likely that Matsumoto will take a lot more from this bout than just the OPBF title. The experience knowledge of going so deep into a bout will serve the young a lot more than an early blow out, despite the fact he probably could have stopped Samor much earlier had he put his foot on the gas rather than concentrated on getting the experience.
This win for Matsumoto followed a very impressive victory for Ohashi gym stablemate Takuma Inoue (4-0, 1) who over former world title challenger Nestor Daniel Narvaes (20-3-2, 9) with a dominant decision win.
On December 30th boxing fans will get the chance to find out just how legitimate Ryo Matsumoto (12-0, 10) is as a future world champion. The unbeaten youngster fights his third notable foe of the year as he goes up against Thailand's Rusalee Samor (25-5-2, 11) in a bout for the vacant OPBF Super Flyweight. On paper this is the toughest bout of Matsumoto's career and is certainly not a forgone conclusion, especially considering that this is Matsumoto's first title bout, first bout scheduled for more than 8 rounds and sees him taking on a live, tough and hungry opponent.
Despite the bout being a great test for Matsumoto he is viewed as a well deserved favourite. Surprisingly however the oddsmakers at Paddy Power, the only bookies currently accepting bets on the bout in the UK, have the bout priced as a wipe out with Matsumoto priced at a ridiculous 1/33. That's right you need to put on £33 to return a £1 profit. Samor on the other hand is 10/1 whilst the draw is 25/1. Interestingly last time Samor faced a touted prospect he was unlucky not score a win as he lost a controversial decision to Rex Tso in a bout that really showed up Tso's limitations, he'll be hoping to do the same here and record one of the biggest upsets of the year.
(Image courtesy of Hideyuki Ohashi's blog)
Earlier today saw the official weigh ins for the "Super Boxeo" show on December 30th. Among them was the weight in for the OPBF Super Flyweight title fight between the unbeaten Ryo Matsumoto (12-0, 10) and Thailand's tough Rusalee Samor (25-5-2, 11).
Although there appeared to be the better part of a foot between the two men in terms of height their weights were very similar. Matsumoto, the much taller man, was 114lbs, exactly ½ inside the 115lb weight limit. On the other hand Samor, a more stocky and squat fighter, was 114¼lbs, comfortably inside the divisional limit.
Interestingly this was a career lowest weight for the 20 year old Matsumoto who had never been under 115lbs in his career, though he had never been contracted to make the weight before. For Samor we believe it was his lightest weight since he was stopped by Ryan Rey Ponteras back in December 2012, in what was Samor's last bout at Flyweight.
Whilst Matsumoto is the bigger fighter it does need saying that this is his first title fight as a professional. Whilst he has passed good tests so far, with wins over Hiroyuki Hisataka and Denkaosan Kaovichit already this year, this is still his toughest bout on paper.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
Over the last day or so Fuji TV updated their information regarding the upcoming December 30th Ohashi promoted card from Tokyo. Part of the updated include their new promotional image which we've got to say looks brilliant. The image may only contain the "home" fighters but it's still a sharp and exciting looking image with the poster making it clear that this is a special card. Not only is it a special card but it's being dubbed the "Boxing FES 2014 Super Boxeo", effectively the "Boxing Festival of 2014"
Sadly the poster also makes it very obvious that the show won't be shown live and in full. Sadly the card begins several hours before the TV coverage.
The running order for the show begins with the non-title bout between Takuma Inoue (3-0, 1) and Nestor Daniel Narvaez (20-2-2, 9). This 8 round bout is unlikely to see TV time, though may have highlights inserted into the broadcast. Sadly it also seems unlikely that the OPBF Super Flyweight title bout between Ryo Matsumoto (12-0, 10) and Rusalee Samor (25-5-2, 11) will also go untelevised with possible highlights again being the best we can expect, unless Thai TV picks up the bout.
The third bout to be part of the card is the WBC Lightweight title bout between Jorge Linares (37-3, 24), attempting to become a 3-weight world champion, and Javier Preieto (24-7-2, 18). Again we're unsure if this will be televised at all though we suspect that either highlight or tape delay footage will emerge at some point.
The first bout that we know, for a fact, will be televised will see Olympic champion Ryota Murata (5-0, 4) battle against American visitor Jessie Nicklow (24-4-3, 8). For Murata this will be his 4th fight this year and many suspect it could be his last in Japan before he begins fighting in the US and moving towards a world title bout.
Another bout we know will be televised by Fuji TV is the WBC Light Flyweight title bout between the always fun to watch Akira Yaegashi (20-4, 10) and Pedro Guevara (23-1-1, 15), we suspect this could be the fight of the show and would suggest that you make sure to see this one as Yaegashi attempts to become just the second Japanese man to become a 3-weight world champion.
Of course for many fans this show is about the main event as Naoya Inoue (7-0, 6) attempts to become a 2 weight world champion in just his 8th professional contest. Inoue, skipping the Flyweight division, will be fighting against long reigning WBO Super Flyweight champion Omar Andres Narvaez (43-1-2, 23) in a bout that could well seal Inoue's place the 2014 Fighter of the Year. It doesn't need saying that this one will be televised for definite.
(Image courtesy of Fui TV)
A few moments ago huge news broke from Japan regarding the December 30th bout between the unbeaten Ryo Matsumoto (12-0, 10) and world ranked Thai Rusalee Samor (25-5-2, 11). What was originally expected to be an 8-round non title bout between the two men has suddenly become a contest for the vacant OPBF Super Flyweight title.
This development has arisen after Arthur Villanueva (16-0, 14) vacated the belt. Villanueva, who has held the title since December 2012, hasn't defended the bout in more than 18 months and it appears his intentions are to move on to world title bouts rather than to defend the belt again.
What it really means is we now have 4 title bouts on the show, with this bout offering support to a trio of world title bouts. It also speeds up the plans for Matsumoto who was expected to move in to title bouts in 2015. The change might not be a major on in some ways but it is huge in other ways with Matsumoto suddenly going from fighting in 8 round bouts to 12 round bouts in one fell swoop.
For Villanueva, who is world ranked by the IBF, this is a great opportunity to claim another title to add to his IBF Asia title however this will be one of his toughest bouts given that Matsumoto is himself a world ranked fighter and a man who is showing real signs of being a world class prospect.
We suspect that if Matsumoto wins and looks good in doing so then he'll be moved into the world title mix quickly. Effectively this bout could fast track him into a world title bout by the of 2015 if his team feel confident enough in him doing so, and lets be honest with his team by Ohashi gym they'll be confident in their talented young fighter.
(Image of Matsumoto courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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