Recent WBO Super Middleweight title challenger Yuzo Kiyota (24-4-1, 22) became a 2-time OPBF Super Middleweight champion as he successfully defeated Shintaro Matsumoto (10-4, 8) for the second time in his career.
Kiyota, who had given up the title to challenge Robert Stieglitz for the WBO belt earlier this year took control of Matsumoto early on with his explosive power and more effective skills. Matsumoto tried to fight back but simply couldn't get his way into the bout.
The power and aggressiveness lead to Matsumoto being cut around the left eye. It was this cut that would eventually see the bout called off with Kiyota becoming the champion as a result.
This was the 3rd stoppage loss for Matsumoto who had previously been stopped by Kiyota back in 2012 and was also stopped last time out by Robert Berridge in July of this year. For Kiyota it's his first victory since the Stieglitz fight.
Although this victory is unlikely to lead Kiyota to fighting a major name it does open up fights with Australian pair Jake Carr and Zac Dunn, the top 2 contenders with the OPBF.
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