Earlier today Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen Hall saw sensationally talented Ryo Matsumoto (21-1, 19) [松本亮] continue his rise to a world title as he took on brave Indonesian veteran Jason Butar Butar (25-23-1, 16).
On paper it was a mismatch in favour of the world ranked Japanese fighter, as it proved to be in the ring, but the Indonesian showed the heart and determination that endeared him to the fans who had come to see Matsumoto win.
From the opening round it was clear the men were on competely different levels. Despite that the visitor had come to win and made things awkward in the opening round. Matsumoto's power would show before long and he would drop the Indonesian with a straight right hand. The power was again on show when he rocked Butar Butar in round 4, causing the visitor to hold and wrestle.
In round 5 the toughness of the visitor was creaking, and he was dropped again and again as Matsumoto closed the show, and saw off the rugged visitor.
Now the focus for the youngster seems to be a world title fight, and although it's hard to favour him against any world champion, given his competition, he has got the potential to go all the way and seems confident of fulfilling that potential in the near future.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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