Tomorrow Japanese fans at the Korakuen Hall will get the chance to see an OPBF Super Middleweight title fight as reigning champion Yuzo Kiyota (29-4-1, 27) [清田 祐三] battles challenger Shintaro Matsumoto (12-4, 9) [松本 晋太郎], in what will be the third meeting between the two men, and Kiyota's 4th defense of his current reign.
Today at the weigh both looked slightly fleshy but made weight for the bout with out any problems.
On the scales both were dead on the 168lb limit and both seemed confident with Matsumoto saying that the losses to Kiyota in their previous two bouts were essentially suffered by an old Matsumoto and he's a new man now. For Kiyota stoppage wins over Matsumoto in their first two bouts seem likely to have helped him have the mental upper hand here.
Whilst Kiyota will be the favourite it's worth noting that he has looked less than great in recent bouts and suffered a shock knockdown in a recent bout. He's no longer looking like the force he once was.
Yuzo Kiyota looks for threepeat against Shintaro Matsumoto
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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