Danny Roman, who won the WBA super bantamweight title with a thumping of Shun Kubo in Kyoto, made it two-for-two in hostile territory this morning by handily beating the heavy-handed Ryo Matsumoto in Tokyo.
Roman (24-2-1, 9 KO), by all accounts, had zero issues with Matsumoto (21-2, 19 KO), winning at least ten rounds on all three scorecards. Impressively, he did this while giving up four inches of height to an opponent with stoppages in his last 11 victories.
Roman’s next opponent will presumably be WBA #1 contender and Oscar snub Moises Flores, who has not competed since that Guillermo Rigondeaux fiasco. As far as unification goes, IBF champ Ryosuke Iwasa (24-2, 16 KO) would offer an interesting revenge angle should Iwasa come out unscathed in his title defense against Ernesto Saulong tomorrow.
Roman also has Tomoki Kameda sitting at #3 in the rankings, which would be a lot of fun. Any preferences, assuming Roman beats Flores as expected?