Earlier today Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen Hall saw the always entertaining Koichi Aso (21-7-1, 14) [麻生 興一] score his biggest win to date and claim the Japanese 140lb title with an 8th round stoppag win over Kazuki Matsuyama (13-8-1, 7) [松山 和樹].
The botu started relatively evenly, with Aso pressing the action with calculated pressure and Matsuyama regularly hitting the guard of the shaven headed Aso. Sadly for Matsuyama his success after the opening round were limited with Aso slowly moving through the gears and taking a lead on all 3 cards by the end of 5, with the pressure of Aso clearly bothering Matsuyama.
Having fallen behind at the mid way point Matsuyama decided to try and fight fire with fire and held his own in the pocket, with some sharp and effective counter shots. Sadly though it seemed Matsuyama's success was coming at an cost and Aso was getting the chance to land some heavy leather, particularly in round 7, as the two men took it in turns to let their hands go.
In round 8 Matsuyama again tried to fight toe-to-toe with Aso but this time Aso found a way to break the will of Matsuyama and a series of huge head shots hurt Matsuyama, forcing the referee to save him.
For Aso it was third me lucky, with the exciting warrior having come up short, twice, against Hiroki Okada. As for Matsuyama the loss likely ends his dream of becoming a Japanese champion. He gave a good effort but wasn't good enough to hang with Aso when the going got tough.
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