We know that in boxing a lot of the promotion is hyperbole spouted in the hope of interesting a number of fans. With that in mind we don't want to suggest that Keisuke Matsumoto is "the best prospect that you've never heard of", though the chances he really is the best prospect that you've never heard of.
The 14 year old Matsumoto showed his class and ability earlier today as he claimed his 5th title in the U15 tournament held at the Korakuan Hall on Sunday. Not only did he win the 50Kg division but he then announced that his focus was on the future and he would be attempting to claim a high school title next year and continue on as an amateur in an attempt to qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
What makes Matsumoto so interesting isn't just his success at this level but the fact that he has been sharing gym time with the likes of Naoya Inoue and Akira Yaegashi. In fact even more telling than that is the fact Matsumoto's father is Koji Matsumoto, a former Japanese and OPBF Featherweight champion who thrice fought for world titles in the 1990's. Koji Matsumoto will know better than most about what it takes to become a world champion having taken Yaegashi to two world titles as his trainer.
From what we understand the young Matsumoto has been described as "having the technical ability of Inoue and the mentality of Yaegashi". If that turns out to be true then we may actually be talking about one of the most promising and exciting talents in world boxing. It'll well worth remember the name, just in case he does medal in 6 years time on the biggest stage of them all.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp, Matsumoto is in red)
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