Over the last couple of years Japanese youngster Ryo Matsumoto (19-1, 17) [松本 亮] has had various out of the ring issues, including a serious one with his health. Earlier today however he made it clear those issues were done with as he swiftly despatched domestic foe Hideo Sakamoto (17-4-3, 5) [坂本 英生] in thoroughly impressive fashion.
Matsumoto, fighting as a Super Bantamweight, looked to impress, and although he was caught early his power told, dropping Sakamoto part way through the opening round. The tough veteran got back to his feet but was unable to cope with the speed and power of Matsumoto who sought a finish.
That finish would come soon afterwards with the referee halting the bout after just 117 seconds, following a second knockdown of the out gunned and out matched Sakamoto.
Following the win Matsumoto stated he was going to be heading to the gym, and not really resting too much, as he looks to secure a world title fight. The performance was a statement from the younster and although Hideyuki Ohashi can hold him back a little longer, we really can't see Matsumoto waiting much longer for a shot at the top.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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