September 10, 2016


Hard-punching prospect, Japanese super-featherweight champ Kenichi Ogawa (19-1, 16 KOs), 129.75, kept his national belt when he stopped mandatory challenger Kento Matsushita (34-10-7, 13 KOs; formerly fighting under nom-de-guerre Kyohei Tamakoshi), 129.75, at 3:04 of the tenth and final round on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. After a see-saw processing Ogawa finally caught the veteran with a left hook following a right uppercut and decked him to the canvas with the referee declaring a TKO win for Ogawa, who successfully made his second defense since he dethroned Rikki Naito last December. The official tallies read after the nineth: 8Matsushita pitifully failed in his sixth attempt to win the national belt though he once decked an upset third-round stoppage of Dante Jardon to win the WBC Youth 130-pound belt in Mexico in 2011.


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