May 8, 2016


Previously unbeaten prospect, WBO#2 bantamweight Ryo Matsumoto (17-1, 15 KOs), 120, was astoundingly halted by unheralded and unknown Mexican trial horse Victor Uriel Lopez (8-6-1, 3 KOs), 119.5, at 1:04 of the fifth round on the undercard of a world title twinbill featuring the defenses of Naoya Inoue and Akira Yaegashi on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. From the outset Matsumoto, a taller hard-hitting future champ, looked so sluggish that he too recklessly mixed it up and put on a give-and-take performance. Matsumoto was winning on points, but abruptly became slowing down, absorbing good shots of the game Mexican. The referee Tsuchiya called a halt to save the ill-conditioned Matsumoto from further punishment. His manager/promoter Hideyuki Ohashi confessed that his prospect wasnft in good shape at all. The stylish and hard-hitting Matsumoto had been introduced as an internationally bright prospect by The Ring Magazine months ago. Itfs a great upset.


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