September 11, 2018
Who imagined Matsumotofs defeat in his comebacking fight after an unsuccessful world title shot? Formerly world rated Ryo Matsumoto (21-3, 19 KOs), 126, had failed to win the WBA 122-pound belt from Daniel Roman in his previous appearance this February, and engaged in his first bout since against a novice named Ryo Sagawa (5-1, 3 KOs), 126, who greatly stunned the audience by halting Matsumoto at 1:30 of the third round in a scheduled eight beneath a WBC bantam eliminator between Takuma Inoue and Mark John Yap on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan.
Matsumoto, a taller boxer-puncher having won the national high school championships four times, was a prefight favorite, of course, even though Sagawa, a graduate from Tokyo Agricultural University, had an amateur mark of 62-22, 17 stoppages. Matsumoto, former OPBF 115-pound titlist, made a good start by whipping the novice with his trademark up-and-down combinations in the first round. Sagawa, however, connected with solid rights to the aggressive foe and shook him up effectively in round two.
The third saw Sagawa land a vicious countering right, badly dropping Matsumoto on all fours. The ex-world challenger wobblingly stood up and recklessly retaliated with all he had--without grabbing his opponent. Sagawa withstood his desperate attack, fought back hard and battered him to the punch, prompting the ref Someyafs intervention. Itfs truly a shocker that derailed Matsumotofs plan to his second world title crack.
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