The old saying that you "can't teach an old dog new tricks" doesn't seem to ring true when talking about Kentaro Masuda who, as a fighter, has gotten better as he has aged. He has, in the last 3 years, gone from being a man looking unlikely to achieve any great success to being the Japanese Bantamweight and the #1 contender for the OPBF title.
Masuda's improvement was first seen when he won the Japanese title with a victory over Yu Kawaguchi. He recently made the first defence of that title by scoring a very impressive stoppage against former world title challenger Konosuke Tomiyama. Tomiyama had fought at a higher level than Masuda but Masuda was simply too good, too powerful and too strong for Tomiyama and a third round blitz from the champion was all it took to see off his challenger who was dropped twice in the round before being stopped by the referee as Masuda hunted a third knock down.
(Video is thanks to Kentaro Masuda)
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