Earlier today saw the news break that Japanese youngster Ryo Matsumoto (21-1, 19) [松本亮] would face WBA Super Bantamweight champion Daniel Roman (23-2-1, 9) on February 28th at the Korakuen Hall. Just hours after that news was first revealed Matsumoto and his team held a press conference to talk about the contest.
The polite Ohashi gym fighter stated that he was happy the bout had been arranged and that he wanted to win the title in his first shot at world level. He also spoke, in some depth, about the last few years and the stop-start nature of his career, which has been blighted with medical issues. Thankfully those issues all appear to be behind him following surgery and he has grown around 1.5" in height since that surgery.
Matsumoto showed some knowledge of Roman at today's press conference, describing Roman as a fighter with good balance and who connects well. It's clear he will be looking over Roman's title win against Shun Kubo, and will be looking to do what Kubo couldn't, and defeat the under-rated Californian.
Matsumoto stated that if he won he would like to do something like the Super 6 but between Japanese fighters at the weigt. That would include IBF champion Ryosuke Iwasa, former Bantamweight champion Tomoki Kameda, former world title challengers Shingo Wake and Hidenori Otake and Japanese champion Yusaku Kuga.
Despite the intrigue of the bout there was little detail revealed about the card as a whole. There was no mention of the TV coverage the bout may have or the under-card.
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