Earlier today Japanese fight fans saw national Super Featherweight champion Kenichi Ogawa (19-1, 16) [尾川 堅一] successfully retained his title and scored the second defense of the title as he scored a 10th round TKO win against Kento Matsushita (34-10-7, 13) [松下 拳斗].
Early on Matsushita impressed, using his jab well to establish the distance between the two men and using his footwork to prevent Ogawa from making the most of his power whilst landing his own straights and hooks. Ogawa managed to start getting some success in round 3 and managed to impress the judges enough to claim a narrow lead after 5 rounds, with 2 judges having the bout 48-47 in his favour whilst the third judge had the bout even at 48-48.
Knowing he was behind Matsushita tried to pick up the pace but was punished in round 8 when Ogawa really went for him. The veteran fired back with a good round 9 and although neither man knew it for sure it was all to fight for in round 10, with the judges having the bout 87-84, 87-85 and 86-85 as we entered round 10.
The judges weren't needed however with Ogawa hurting Matsushita late in the bout before a follow up dropped the challenger who was stopped as he rose, with the official time of 3:04 of round 10.
For Ogawa the defence leaves a lot of questions about his potential, and like his first defense leaves us with more questions than answers. He's heavy handed but his skillset and defense leave a lot to be desired. For Matsushita this is almost certainly the end, his effort was brave but it wasn't enough and given his age it's probably time to leave the ring and get involved in activities outside of the ring, maybe as a trainer.
For fans interested in watching this one it will be aired on G+ later this month.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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