Heading into the bout Kawguchi was getting his first ever title opportunity. He had been a professional for around 6 years and had had 25 previous bouts. For Masuda it was a second title opportunity having been stopped in a battle for the same title, in 2012, by Ryosuke Iwasa. It was, on paper, a very competitive bout though not one between the best Bantamweights in Japan, who were clearly Shinsuke Yamanaka and Tomoki Kameda, both of whom we were champions. In fact what it was what was advertised, a domestic title fight with two experienced domestic level fighters both looking to secure their biggest and most important win.
We won't ruin the action but we will say it was a very solid bout with both men giving it their all. It's well worth a watch if you want to see two men fighting their heart out in a bout they feel they must win.