Earlier today, on the non televised portion of the Ohashi promoted "Super Boxeo" card, fans saw the ultra-talented Ryo Matsumoto (12-0, 11) claim his first professional title as he defeated world ranked Thai Rusalee Samor (25-6-2, 11) and claimed the previously vacant OPBF Super Flyweight title.
The fight wasn't the most exciting in it's early stages as Matsumoto made the most of his height and reach advantages, which were notable to say the least. It seemed however that the Japanese youngster was keeping a lot in reserve, as if he knew he had it there if needed though could try some things in the mean time, including testing his stamina, something he hadn't really done as a professional.
Through 4 it was a shut out, 40-36 on the opening scoring, it was the same after 8 rounds with Matsumoto sweeping the cards and sitting firmly in control of the bout. From the on however it was uncharted territory for talented 20 year old who knew that this was time where he was going to have to prove him, and prove himself he did.
From round 9 on wards Matsumoto began to press more looking for the stoppage, knowing that that was what he needed to really impress the despite the relatively tame rounds that had preceded it. And impress he did as he finally stopped the tough Samor inside the the first minute of round 12.
As far as we understand this was a step towards a world title fight in 2015 for Matsumoto and having gone into round 12 for the first time it seems likely that Matsumoto will take a lot more from this bout than just the OPBF title. The experience knowledge of going so deep into a bout will serve the young a lot more than an early blow out, despite the fact he probably could have stopped Samor much earlier had he put his foot on the gas rather than concentrated on getting the experience.
This win for Matsumoto followed a very impressive victory for Ohashi gym stablemate Takuma Inoue (4-0, 1) who over former world title challenger Nestor Daniel Narvaes (20-3-2, 9) with a dominant decision win.
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