For some the body just doesn't come in to it. Muhammad Ali of course, was famous for not throwing body shots and he's not the only one.
This feature however hopes to bring you footage of some of the best body shot KO's of 2013 all from Asian fighters and all from people who either at the top, or in the case of Masayoshi Nakatani on the way to the top. It's a little strange how often these shots are ending fights when thrown from Asian fighters but it's something that does seem to be happening more and more and that's not a bad thing at all.
What a body shot does, when delivered as perfectly as some of these ones are, is take the fight out of the fighter and leaves them feeling very much "er". The shots can completely knock the wind out of a fighter, they can break the ribs and in some case pretty much paralyze a fighter in pain. A perfect head shot KO knocks a person unconscious and takes them out of their senses as their brain tries to reset, a perfect body shot however keeps them conscious whilst giving them severe agony and a huge amount of pain.
Although the shots we're looking at here are all fight ending, what body shots can also do is grind an opponent down softening them up for later in the fight and also cause a fighter to bring their guard down opening up more space for the headshots. Really good body shots are often the difference between a great fighter and just a very good one.
Masayoshi Nakatani v Shuhei Tsuchiya
Of the 3 videos we're using this is the most obscure but yet one o the most impressive because of just how determined Nakatani is to land the perfect body shot and how inexperienced he is.
Nakatani (5-0, 4 entering the bout) was viewed as a fighter taking a big step up to take on the big punching Tsuchiya (14-1, 12 entering the bout). As it turned out Nakatani was too big and too well schooled for Tsuchiya who was toyed with by the young upstart.
We advise, if you just want to see the big body shots late on, that you start the video at the 7:20 mark as Nakatani drops Tsuchiya soon afterwards before scoring the knockout seconds later. If you'd rather watch the full fight then feel free.
This video is thanks to youtube user 45412380.
Since this fight Tsuchiya has returned to the ring scoring a low level KO. Nakatani hasn't actually fought, though will return in January as he battles Yoshitaka Kato for the OPBF Lightweight title.
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Kazuto Ioka v Wisanu Kokietgym
We're not sure what it is about the Ioka Gym, which has Nakatani, Ryo Miyazaki and Kazuto Ioka, but it seems that they do have some importance on body shots.
This time we see Kazuto Ioka defending his WBA Light Flyweight title against Thailand's Wisanu Kokietgym. The fight was, lets be honest, a mismatch though the ending was a show case of what Ioka does so well, place his shots with perfection.
Entering the bout Ioka (then 11-0, 7) was making the first defense of his title against a very experienced Wisanu (entering 43-8-2, 13). The experience edge however didn't help Wisanu in the slightest.
Since the fight both men have fought once. Wisanu beat a debutant whilst Ioka retained his title again against Kwanthai Sithmorseng. Ioka now looks set to return to the ring on New Years eve against Felix Alvarado.
This video is courtesy of youtube user BuriramSport1 and we'd advise fast forwarding to 23:10 for the body shot KO.
Takashi Uchiyama v Jaider Parra
We all know that Takashi Uchiyama is called "KO Dynamite" and we all know that with a nickname like that the guy must score KO's. What we don't tend to get from him though is single shot body KO's.
Just because we don't get many, it doesn't mean we don't get any and earlier this year Uchiyama scored a beauty as he retained his WBA Super Featherweight title against Jaider Parra.
Uchiyama (then 19-0-1, 16) entered this bout with a record of a champion whilst Parra (then 20-0-1, 10) entered with a similar looking but completely different record. The gulf in class showed though it was no more notable than in the finish.
Since the fight Parra has some how managed to return to the ring and has scored a low level stoppage victory. Uchiyama however hasn't returned yet but will on New Years Eve when he will fight Daiki Kaneko in what looks to be a great fight.
The video is thanks to doremeni