Tomorrow fight fans at the Korakuen Hall will get the chance to see OPBF Super Middleweight champion Shintaro Matsumoto (13-4, 9) [松本 晋太郎] make the first defense of his title as he goes up against once beaten Australian hopeful Jayde Mitchell (9-1, 4) in an interesting looking match up between two flawed but hungry fighters.
Today the two men took part in the weigh in with both making the limit, and although neither looked incredible on the scales both seemed confident of victory in tomorrow's bout with neither in Tokyo to pick up another career defeat.
The champion, who won the title last time out by upsetting Yuzo Kiyota, sounded like a fighter who had fought hard to make the limit but wasn't going to let the weight effect him and was instead hoping to set a high work rate and simply out fight Mitchell, who he said was surprisingly small.
As for Mitchell he too seemed confident and seemed to anticipate a hard and long battle but one that he'd win. Given he's the more natural "pure boxer" it's likely he will be looking to counter and out skill the champion, who is a bit crude and wild at times. Regardless he knows he has to shine given this will be his first bout on the road.
Matsumoto looks for first defense as he takes on Aussie challenger Mitchell
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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