Earlier today Japanese fans at the Korakuen Hall saw Shintaro Matsumoto (13-5, 9) [松本 晋太郎] come up short as he attempted to make the first defense of the OPBF Super Middleweight title, losing a technical decision to Australian visitor Jayde Mitchell (10-1, 4).
From the early stages it was clear that Mitchell was the quicker, more skilled boxer with non of the judges giving Matsumoto any of the first 4 rounds. Although he had his moments of success, and did enough to claim a share from a couple of judges for a round a piece, he never seemed capable of dealing with Mitchell's skill.
After 4 rounds the bout was 40-36 and 40-37, twice, and it seemed like Matsumoto would have to change something. Sadly for him that change never came and when he tried to up the pace Mitchell met him, upping his own out put and and further extending his lead, despite Matsumoto having one of his best rounds in the 7th.
Going in to the final 4 rounds Matsumoto knew he was in a big hole, with cards of 80-73, twice, and 79-74 against him. Sadly though it looked like he put nearly everything into the 7th and still couldn't slow down or force Mitchell to retreat and the challenger re-established his control the following round.
With Matsumoto chasing the bout he began to take more risks and those risks ended up causing a headclash in round 10 that opened up a cut above Matsumoto's right eye and took the two men to the score-cards early and resulted in a wide technical decision win for the challenger, with scores of 99-92, twice, and 100-92.
The loss for the champion ends his short reign, though could begin the new reign of the exciting Mitchell who looks like a fighter with genuine potential.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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