Earlier today Japanese at the Korakuen Hall saw Japanese Bantamweight champion Kentaro Masuda (26-7, 14) [益田 健太郎] retain his title in impressive fashion, as he stopped Satoshi Ozawa (13-7-1, 2) [小澤サトシ] in the second round of their bout.
Masuda, defending the belt for the second time, took control of the bout in the opening round, getting to Ozawa's body and showing some educated pressure. He wasn't rushed, but was thoroughly controlled in his approach to the bout.
In the second round one of Masuda's body shots left Ozawa crumpled in a heap on the canvas and whilst the count was on going the challenger's corner threw in the towel to save their man, who looked in agony.
Following the surprisingly quick win Masuda turned his attention to the future and stated that he was hoping to get a world title fight in 2017, though he is now of of many fighters in the queue for a Bantamweight world title bout. For Ozawa the defeat was a devastating one and sees him needing to ask serious questions about his future in the sport.
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