Earlier today it was announced that OPBF Super Flyweight champion Ryo Matsumoto (13-0, 11) would be returning to the ring on March 5th as one of the star attractions on the Ohashi promoter "Battle Phoenix 53" at the Korakuen Hall.
At the moment no opponent has been named for Matsumoto though we do know that the fast rising 21 year old will not be risking his title in the bout which is scheduled for 8 rounds. The bout will be Matsumoto's first since he claimed the oriental title on Decemeber 30th, with a 12th round victory over Thailand's Rusalee Samor. For Matsumoto the win over Samor was the perfect ending to an other with brilliant year which had also seen him scoring a notable decision win over Hiroyuki Hisataka and a 2nd round blow out of former world champion Denkaosan Kaovichit.
Whilst no opponent is named we're not expecting anyone too testing for Matsumoto who suspect is having the bout to tide him over before a bigger bout in summer, which could possibly the first defence of his title. If all goes well there is a chance he could be fighting in a world title bout by the end of the year.
Although Matsumoto is one of the bigger names on the show his bout isn't the main event, that honour will instead go to Japanese Featherweight champion Satoshi Hosono who will be defending his belt against former foe Rikiya Fukuhara.
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