Earlier today Japanese fans at the Korakuen Hall, and those who use a-sign boxing, had the chance to see Japanese ranked Super Bantamweight Kinshiro Usui (27-4, 11) [臼井 欽士郎] claim a 5th round TKO win against former multi-time Japanese title challenger Hiroyasu Matsuzaki (22-8-2, 11) [松崎 博保].
Usui looked the fresher and hungrier fighter from the off, often forcing Matsuzaki on to the backfoot and. Although Usui looked hungry Matsuzaki did show his experience and forced Usui on to the retreat at times, though Usui seemed happy to hold his own and bide his time when he had to.
In round 4 it seemed like Matsuzaki was was starting to slow down and struggling with the pace he was trying to set, showing signs of having been out of the ring for close to 3 years, and was although he seemed brave he wasn't really making a mark on Usui who was boxing well on the backfoot.
In the opening seconds of round 5 a right hand from Usui dropped Matsuzauki hard and although the former title challenger got to his feet the referee had seen enough, waving off the bout just 20 seconds into the round.
The 36 year old Usui will be looking at getting a title fight in 2017, and it seems like it'll be now or never for the Yokohama Hikari. For Matsuzuaki this now has to be the end, with little reason for him to even think about continuing his career.
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