In late 2014 Matsumoto claimed the OPBF Super Flyweight title with a stoppage win against the tough Rusalee Samor. It was Matsumoto's first title win and his 3rd notable win of the year, following a decision victory over former 4-time world title challenger Hiroyuki Hisataka and a 2nd round blow out win against Denkaosan Kaovichit.
The result over Samor was impressive however it was a battle with the scales as he some how shrank his 5'8" frame down to that of a Super Flyweight. A weight that he wasn't that comfortable with.
His bout today, contracted above the Bantamweight division, saw him looking healthier, more aggressive and more destructive as he blew away Thanuthong after 33 seconds of round 2 with a vicious body shot. It was clear from the performance that the weight was more suitable for Matsumoto, even if the opponent was relatively hapless.
We suspect that Matsumoto will find "his weight" before fighting for a world title. It's likely that that will be either 118lbs or 122lbs. When he's found that then we expect Mr Ohashi will do his best to secure Matsumoto a world title fight, probably before the end of 2015.
Ryo Matsumoto to target world title later in the year
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)