Fast rising Japanese youngster Ryo Matsumoto (15-0, 13) scored another notable victory today as he over-came the world ranked Luis May (17-9-1, 7) with a 5th round KO.
The bout started competitively with Matsumoto trying to get off his jab by May did do well in closing the distance. As the bout went on however Matsumoto began to up the pace, using his speed and reach and made May look a class below him whilst landing some spiteful body shots.
The Mexican was showing signs of life but he wasn't looking all that competitive in comparison to the excellent Matsumoto who simply seemed to have answers to everything May asked of him in rounds 3 and 4.
Unfortunately at the start of round 5 May appeared in pain from an injury to his right wrist before being stopp. As a result Matsumoto picked up the TKO win, albeit in a disappointing fashion.
Despite the manner of the win not being the best it did seem like the Japanese youngster was in charge, after a slow opening round, and it seems inevitable that he'd have picked up the win. What's more interesting however is the future and some were talking about this being a potential world title prelude, leading to some questions regarding where Matsumoto goes next. It could well be that he fights for a world title as soon as December, if his team can work out a deal to face one of the champions.
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