For us a dramatic fight is something that sees the action swing one way then another, it has intensity, it has danger on both sides and combines drama and action. As with our KO of the Year that actual level of the fight doesn't matter. The glitz and glamour might be nice and add something but it doesn't over come the drama that we see in some of the lower level classics.
Those lower level bouts give us some real drama, and it was shown time and time again in 2019, with a number of thrilling shoot outs. They don't necessarily match up with the Fights of the Year, due to a rougher level of skill and an increase in sloppiness, or holding, but thy give us so much action, intensity and drama that we instantly love them.
For us the Most Dramatic Fight of 2019 wasn't some intense low level action but instead a regional title fight that had more drama in it many full shows.
On December 8th in Osaka, on a show being recorded for the A Sign Youtube channel fans got an under-ground classic for the WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight title. It was a bout that swung one one, then swung the other before swinging again. It had danger both ways, it saw both guys hitting the canvas. In fact it saw one guy hitting the canvas 5 times in total...and still going on to win!
This was Yuki Beppu Vs Ryota Yada, this was just a crazy, crazy fight.
The skill level may not have matched up with the Naoya Inoue Vs Nonito Donaire fight, the atmosphere and fanfare certainly didn't, but the drama of the bout was on a different level. The bout could have been stopped in a number of rounds, with the bell saving Beppu numerous times. The thing is when Beppu wasn't hurt he was winning the actual boxing sections of the bout, whilst Yada's powder was shaking him. In total Yada scored 5 knockdowns, and perhaps should have had another scored in his favour.
Beppu though was all heart, he didn't care about being down. As long as he was still in the fight, he was still in the fight, and that paid off late when he some how pulled victory out of the jaws of defeat...in fact he hug deeper than that, he pulled victory from the stomach of defeat.
If you've not seen this one before we really do recommend you all to give it a watch. It truly is an amazing fight.
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