Yesterday saw one of Japan's most talented Super Flyweight hopefuls, Ryo Matsumoto, claim the OPBF Super Flyweight title. Today saw another of the rising bunch at 115lbs successfully defend the Japanese title for the first time. That was Sho Ishida (18-0, 10) who successfully defended his title with a 5th round TKO against the out classed Masato Morisaki (9-4-1, 5).
The bout started slowly with Ishida boxing at range and trying to get a read on his challenger. This saw a very slow and somewhat tedious start to the fight with neither man landing too much of note. By round 3 however it was clear Morisaki had nothing to trouble Ishida with and the champion began to grow in confidence.
The champions success was so much saw that in round 5 Ishida picked up the pace and easily saw off a very over-matched challenger to record the first defence of his title and move a step closer to a bout with former world title challenger Teiru Kinoshita, with that bout now expected in early 2015. Sadly it means that a show down between Ishida and Matsumoto looks unlikely, at least for now, however it's certainly a bout that makes sense somewhere down the line.
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