Earlier today Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen Hall saw a Japanese Lightweight title fight, as the unbeaten unbeaten Shuichiro Yoshino (6-0, 4) [吉野修一郎] battled against experienced veteran Spicy Matsushita (17-10-1, 2) [スパイシー松下] for the vacant title.
The bout started quite messily, with Yoshino looking unure of how to cope with the reach of Matsuhita. He did however begin to adapt in round 2 and started to find his rhythm, as soon as he did that it was the left to Matsushita to adapt, which he failed to do.
As Yoshino began to feel more and more relaxed in the ring his pressure started to intensify and he was having more and more success, with Matsushita struggling to really have much go his. The pressure had impressed the judges, who had Yoshino leading 48-47, twice, and 49-46.
Matsushita, knowing he was behind, had a solid round 6, but was unable to keep the momentum going and Yoshino dropped him in round 7, with Matsushita looking exhausted. Soon afterwards the bout had to be stopped, saving the veteran from further punishment.
With the win Yoshino claims his first professional title. His first defense is expected in February whilst Matsushita could now be looking at retirement.
(Image courteys of boxingnews.jp)
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