Earlier today saw Japanese Bantamweight champion Kentaro Masuda (20-6, 11) record the first defence of his national title and he did so in some style. Although not a big puncher Masuda destroyed former world title challenger Konosuke Tomiyama (24-7-1, 8) in just 3 rounds in the most impressive performance of his career.
From the opening bell you could see Masuda wasn't there to play about and he immediately took the action to Tomiyama with some solid looking head shots and crunching body shots. The challenger tried to show his unpredictable attack but was thwarted time after time as Masuda cut the distance and forced the action.
For Tomiyama, who is well known by international fans for his great contest with Genesis Servania, this ended up being a real beating and Masuda left no doubt over who the better fighter was as he dropped the challenger 3 times in round 3 forcing the referee to intervene.
Following the victory Masuda called for a fight with OPBF champion Ryosuke Iwasa. The two men have fought before, with Iwasa winning that contest by stoppage, though Masuda has improved markedly and at 31 seems to be coming into his own with not just this win over Tomiyama but also his victory over Yu Kawaguchi earlier this year. A rematch between Masuda and Iwasa in early 2015 would be something to look forward to if Iwasa cannot secure himself a world title bout.
(Image courtesy of Boxingnew.jp)
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