On Thursday Japanese fans at the Korakuen Hall had a genuine treat with two title bouts, including an a bout described by some as the greatest Atomweight title fight ever.
As part of the support for the main bouts fans had the chance to see world ranked Bantamweight contender Ryo Matsumoto (16-0, 14) dip his toes in to the Super Bantamweight division as he faced Thailand's game but limited Saensak Sithwarunee (1-5), who according to boxrec had lost his last two bouts via 5th round TKO.
The talented Japanese fighter made it a third successive 5th round TKO loss for Saensak who seemed gritty but over-matched.
In round 2 Matsumoto seemed to get the measure of his foe who was dropped for the first time. To his credit Saensak fought back but eventually had he fight beat out of him as Matsumoto, a stable mate of world champion Naoya Inoue, finally closed the show.
The hope now is that we see Matsumoto return to the ring before the year is out, possibly on December 29th, though it is looking unlikely that he'll get a long awaited world title fight, unfortunately.
(Image courtesy of Matsumoto's blog)http://ameblo.jp/ryo1994011kun
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