The bout will be Roman's first defense of the title he won earlier this year, when he claimed the title in Japan as he stopped the previously unbeaten Shun Kubo (12-1, 9) [久保隼] in 9 rounds. The fight saw the Japanese fans take to Roman, who had a style that was very exciting, and whilst their disappointment at Kubo's loss was clear they did show a lot of respect to Roman for his performance and win.
For Matsumoto it will be a long awaited first world title figfht, and will see him trying to add a world title to a collection that includes an OPBF Super Flyweight title. He bounced back really well form his sole defeat, a stoppage to Victor Uriel Lopez back in 2016, an has not only avenged his loss but racked up 4 stoppages since that defeat. He has long been touted as a future Japanese star and one of the faces of the Ohashi gym, and a win here would help him become both of those things.
At the moment there is no news at all in Japan about the contest, though Ohashi may well make some noise about the contest later this year.
Original article by Steve Kim can be found here.
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