One of our Japanese sources has reported that Japanese youngster Ryo Matsumoto (13-0, 11) is targeting a world title this year.
The youngster, who claimed the OPBF Super Flyweight title at end of last year, had a sensational 2014 as he recorded wins over the likes of 4-time world title challenger Hiroyuki Hisataka, former world champion Denkaosan Kaovichit and the then world ranked Rusalee Samor. He was however left in the shadow of gym mate and close friend Naoya Inoue (8-0, 7) who blitzed the world stage with wins over Adrian Hernandez, to claim the WBC Light Flyweight title, and Omar Andres Narvaez, to claim the WBO Super Flyweight title.
Sadly for Inoue this year is being viewed as a potential write off due to a hand injury however it will give Matsumoto a chance to shine and if he can achieve his aim of claiming a world title by the end of the year then he'll no longer be left in the shadow of his sensational stable mate.
Matsumoto is said to have been struggling somewhat to have made the 115lb Super Flyweight limit in the past. From what we understand he is expecting to make his mark on the world stage at either Bantamweight or Super Bantamweight and is testing the water in his next.
On Wednesday Matsumoto took to the scales for his first bout of 2015. He weighed in at a little over the Bantamweight limit for what appears to be a stay busy fight against Thai foe Thanuthong Chor Kangwal (0-0). If Matsumoto looks impressive there is every chance he will be moved quickly to a major bout later in the year with a possible world title bout towards the end of 2015. If he manages it then Ohashi really will be bouncing with two of the brightest young champions in the sport today.
Naoya Inoue's hand injury may keep him out for the year!
(Image courtesy of daily.co.jp)
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