Earlier today Japanese fight fans saw a really thrilling Bantamweight contest, as the heavy handed pairing of Kai Chiba (7-0, 6) [千葉 開] and Ryo Matsubara (7-2-1, 7) [松原 陵] faced off in a really mouth watering match up.
Straight from the off the two men looked like they had got into the ring with the intention of proving they were the bigger puncher. Sadly for Chiba it seemed he came off second best in that comparison, looking like he was hurt twice in the thrilling first round.
Whilst Chba lost round 1 in our eyes, he also learned, and in round 2 he began to use his jab, and Matsubara really had no answer to it. It was with the jab that Chiba began to find his footing in the contest, and through the following rounds everything seemed to come from Chiba's jab, as he forced Matsubara back, and picked when he wanted to fight on the inside.
By the end of round 4 Chiba had completely taken over, and it seemed like the referee was starting to consider stopping the bout. To his credit however Matsubara came out in round 5 and actually looked like a fighter who still believed he could win, it was however a misguided belief and the more he gritted his teeth and fought, the mor epunishment he took.
Part way through round 5 Matsubara came undone, and Chiba began to unload on him, eventually forcing Matsubara's trainer to literally run in between the fighters and save his man and give Chiba a 5th round TKO win.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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