Earlier today Japanese fight fans in Osaka got an OPBF triple title show. From the three bouts there was one that really stood out as, potentially, being something a bit special. That was the Bantamweight title clash between defending champion Mark John Yap (27-12, 13) and former 2-time Japanese champion Kentaro Masuda (27-8, 15) [益田 健太郎].
The bout looked like it was going to be exciting and it was, straight away.
The opening round saw Masuda race out, dropping Yap right hook to the body, second a second knockdown soon afterwards and amazing scoring a third knockdown before the round was over. It was a dream start for the challenger who looked sensational, whilst Yap looked over-whelmed, and was lucky to see out the bell.
In round 2 Yap managed to recover, and Masuda failed to jump on. By round 3 it was beginning to look like Yap was coming on, and he seemed to hurt Masuda late in the round, showing he too had power to tun the fight around. That power was seen the following round when he dropped Masuda, before a follow up forced the referee to stop a tired looking Masuda.
After the bout Yap seemed to turn his attention to getting a world title fight, whilst Masuda seemed to be thinking hard about his future.
For those interested the scores at the time of the stoppage were 25-29, twice, and 26-28 all in favour of Masuda.
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