December is a huge month of Japanese boxing with numerous fights of real note, ranging from world title bouts to prospects making their debut.
Earlier today we were informed that two men who are involved in bouts during December having been enjoying a very high quality sparring session together as they each looked to sharpen up their skills ahead of key match ups later in the year.
The spar involved the world ranked Ryo Matsumoto (16-0, 14) and the Japanese ranked Yusaku Kuga (11-1-1, 7).
Of the two men it's Kuga who is in the more notable bout with the Watanabe gym fighter returning to the ring on December 21st to face off against Yasutaka Ishimoto (26-8, 7) for the Japanese Super Bantamweight title. That bout will be Kuga's first title bout and the expectancy on the 25 year old is that he will win and move towards an OPBF title, or even a world title shot, during 2016.
As for Matsumoto, the Ohashi gym fighter, is going to be in action on December 29th when he battles Filipino Jestoni Autida (9-3, 4) in a 10 round bout, which is likely to be a tune up bout before a potential world title bout in late 2016.
The spar, which was mentioned on Matsumoto's blog, was a high quality one which brought the best from both men and would have been great preparation for their upcoming bouts.
(Image courtesy of Ryo Matsumoto's blog)
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