Over the past 24 hours it was announced that Ohashi gym prospect Ryo Matsumoto would be fighting against Denkaosan Kaovichit on September 5th. That bout looks likely to be the toughest so far Matsumoto who if very highly regarded by the folk at the Ohashi Gym. Whilst that bout is clearly a step up for Matsumoto it shouldn't be something that he struggles with too much given that he has shown himself capable of beating fringe world class opponents.
That ability of Matsumoto's was shown earlier this year when he out clearly pointed multi-time title challenger Hiroyuki Hisataka by using his lengthy leavers, lovely speed and calm controlling mentality to run out a large lead in the early rounds. It wasn't a scintillating or one that would set the world alight but it was a very controlled and clear win for a man who easily won the first 4 rounds of the bout without any major issues.
It was only in the later rounds that Matsumoto really had any questions to answer but by then he knew he could cruise to the final bell to secure a very solid victory, a victory made all the more impressive considering it was just his 10th professional bout whilst Hisataka was taking part in his 35th pro contest. It was probably due to his struggles with the 8 round distance however that he was kept at the 8 round level for his next fight. The work he needs to do is clearly on his stamina and if he can sort that out then his potential really is limitless.
For those wanting to put a date on this fight, it was on the under-card of Naoya Inoue's win against Adrian Hernandez and shared the under-card with Takuma Inoue's win over Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr, and it's amazing to think that the Inoue brothers and Matsumoto are all just boxing boxing babies with less than 20 combined fights!
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