Dangerous debuts aren't rare in Japan, in fact they are almost common place for top amateurs when they turn professional. Today we saw another of those debuts as Masahiro Suzuki [鈴木雅弘] (1-0, 1) faced off with Filipino banger Antonio Sismundo (6-2, 6) in a seriously tough contest.
From the opening moments it was clear that Sismundo was not there to take a fall and pad Suzuki's record, he came out like a man looking to take Suzuki apart and made Suzuki change his tactics. Originally it seemed like Suzuki wanted to fight behind his jab, but the power and unpredictable nature of Sismundo, prevented him from doing that. As a result Suzuki turned counter puncher, and began landing hard right hands after Sismundo threw single shots, digging to both head and body of the visitor.
Sismundo changed his own tactics in the second round and began throwing in bunches, preventing Suzuki from throwing counters in the way he had in the opening round. It was a smart change and one that got him success as Suzuki was forced to look for plan C. That came in round 3 when Suzuki started to really hammer the body, looking to take the fire out of Sismundo, but the Filipino was still dangerous and landed an uppercut just seconds before the bell which Suzuki certainly felt.
Suzuki's body shots were again his key in round 4, which saw him landing some stiff jabs before digging the body more and more often. Despite the solid clean impacts Sismundo took them and fired back, though his work was less clean and less consistent than the debutant.
The action got messy in round 5, as Suzuki went low and both began to show signs of tiredness. It ha been a gruelling contest and it was clear that both had given a lot. Amazingly however Suzuki came out for round 6 like a man possessed and walking into Sismundo's wheel yard, looking for a war. It was a high risk tactic but one that paid off when he landed a brutal body shot that Sismundo stood up to, but was clearly hurt by. The Filipino, held, spoiled and fired back in desperation but was caught again by headshots as the two traded and the referee stepped in.
We're not huge fans of the stoppage, on first glance, but with over a minute of the bout left we suspect it would have come with Sismundo never recovering from the huge body shot he had taken early in round 6. For Suzuki this was a baptism of fire, and the way he came through it was telling. He's going to be one to watch. As for Sismundo we want to see a lot more of him, he's a good test for any regional prospect.
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