The Japan Vs Mexico rivalry has given us some incredible fights over the years and today we look at one of those fights for this week's Closet Classic, and this may go down as one of the most over-looked fights in that great rivalry. Despite the fact it's a relatively knew fight and was a sensational war, taking place only a few years ago in 2013. This fight saw knockdowns being traded, power shots thrown and an absolutely incredibly amount of punishment being handed out.
Takashi Miura (25-2-2, 19) vs Sergio Thompson (27-2, 25)
Japan's Takashi Miura had won the WBC Super Featherweight title in April 2013, battering Gamaliel Diaz into submission in 9 rounds. Miura hadn't impressed as a boxer, losing a number of rounds to Diaz, but his power was a difference maker. He had dropped Diaz in rounds 3,6,7 and 9 to secure his victory. Prior to winning the title Miura had been best known for his 2011 bout with WBA champion Takashi Uchiyama, dropping Uchiyama before being stopped himself, and the one thing that was clear, through his career, was that Miura could punch. Going into this bout that power was seen as being his key, as getting a decision on the road is never easy.
Mexican fighter Sergio "Yeyo" Thompson was a relative unknown outside of Mexico, until 2012, when he upset Jorge Linares. That was his big break out win and he followed it up with 5 straight stoppages in the 14 months that followed, leading him to his world title shot with Miura. Although not well known it was clear that Thompson could punch. He stopping people left, right and centre and was unbeaten since a split decision in September 2010 against Alisher Rakhimov, since which he had gone 13-0 (12). Coming into the fight with Miura the Mexican puncher was 29, and it really seemed like it was now or never. A loss here and there was a chance he was never going to get another world title bout, especially with his 30th birthday just a few weeks away.
From the very round round it was clear than neither man wanted to hear the final bell, in fact that should have been obvious before even a punch was thrown. Despite that neither man wanted to take too many risks, and they were both looking for the angle and position to land their power shots. They were both stood at mid range, looking to land their hooks. It seemed "Yeyo" did enough to take a relative quiet opening round, but it wasn't long until the touch paper was lit in round 2 and bombs started to be landed by both men, with Thompson being dropped part way through the round. It was the first of 3 knockdowns between the men who really tried to crack through each others chins.
This wasn't an all action war, though was high action, and got better and better as the fight went on. The deliberate early pace, that built to a growing crescendo made for an edge of the seat spectacle, and it had a continual feeling that a single punch, from either, would be the undoing of the other man. Jabs were almost non-existent, with hooks, crosses, uppercuts being the order of the day.
This was war, this was action, this was brilliant!
Today we return to the 1990's for a memorable Closet Classic that won the Japanese fight of the year award, and saw a rivalry come to an end with two men clashing, years after they were originally supposed to face off. The bout pit the first true Russian professional boxing star against one of the man tipped to be a Japanese star, and the bout delivered an instant classic, that is now, more than 20 years on, still remembered well by Japanese fans from the era.
Yuri Arbachakov (22-0, 15) vs Puma Toguchi (18-2, 15)
In one corner was the then WBC Flyweight champion Yuri Arbachakov, a Russian born fighter who was based in Japan, where he had essentially been based his entire career. He was a technically brilliant boxer-puncher, combining sensational skills, polished in a long and successful amateur career, with naturally heavy hands, a solid chin and a totally relaxed in ring persona. He was one of two fighters from the former USSR that Kyoei had guided to a world title and wasn't looking to give it up, in fact this was his 9 defence since winning the belt in 1992.
Puma Toguchi, who actually fought under his birth name of Takato Toguchi for this particular bout, was regarded as one of 3 potential Japanese stars at the turn of the 1990's. He, along with Joichit Tatsuyoshi and Katsuya Onizuka, were seen as the trio to watch in Japan. Sadly Toguchi was, unlike the other two, very hard to handle and had had issues with his team in the early 1990's. Those issues had seen him lose the Japanese Flyweight title in 1991, cancelling a scheduled bout with Arbachakov as a result, and had seen him out of the ring for over 2 years as a result. Although a fantastic talent, with heavy hands he was seen as being a clear under-dog here.
With the issues of their cancelled 1991 fight acting as a back drop the two were expected to put on something special when they finally clashed on August 26th 1996. Rather than Toguchi defending the national title, as was the case when the bout was first supposed to take place, this was now a world title fight, and the two men fought as if the belt meant everything.
The first round was a quiet one, with both looking to see what the other hand. From there on however they both began to go through the gears, landing some huge shots, trading blows when they had to. Arbachakov, the better pure boxer, applied constant, heavy pressure, boxing well behind his jab, whilst Toguchi looked to find holes with counters, exploiting the text book approach of Arbachakov.
For those hoping for an all out war, this wasn't that. Instead it was a very well fought boxing contest, with both men having moments, and both fighting through adversity, with Arbachakov badly damaging his right hand which caused him serious issues the rest of his career.
Sadly after this bout neither man really had much success. Arbachakov, who wanted to retire after this win, fought on and suffered a loss to a man he had already beat, whilst Toguchi went 5-1 before retiring, and has suffered with Dementia Pugilistica in recent years.
We really don't get many all-Thai closet classics, mostly because Thai fighters, at least top ones, don't face each other. Thai's tend to make for good fights with Japanese, Mexican and Filipino foes, but rarely fellow Thai's. Today however we bring you one of the best all-Thai world title fight in recent years in our latest Closet Classic, and it really is a sensational fight.
Pongsaklek Wonjongkam (76-3-1, 39) vs Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (14-3-1, 4)
In March 2010 Pongsaklek Wonjongkam became a 2-time WBC Flyweight world champion, thanks to an upset win in Japan over Koki Kameda. In July he had blown away Rey Megrino in a none-title bout, in what as Pongsaklek's 80th professional bout, before having his first defense of his second reign. By now he was 33, he had been a professional since 1994 and was a fighter with hundreds of rounds behind him. He wasn't close to his prime, but the win over Kameda showed there was a lot of life in the legs of the legendary southpaw.
Suriyan on the other hand was a relative unknown. He was 21 at the time of this bout and although he was on a 6 fight winning streak none of those wins had come against anyone of any note and he had done absolutely nothing to get a world title fight, but stepped up to the plate and proved in the bout that he was world class. As we all know Suriyan would later go on to become a world champion at Super Flyweight and a stand out contender at Bantamweight, giving the likes of Shinsuke Yamanaka absolute fits later in his career. This was, in many ways, his chance to make a name for himself, and that's exactly what he did.
To begin with Pongsaklek took center ring, looking to use his experience against the younger, less knowledgeable fighter. Despite being on the outside Suriyan used his speed, his movement and his energy to box excellently. The champion continued to press in the early stages, but struggled to land clean as Suriyan moved excellently, slipped, slid and and looked incredibly mature for a fighter taking such a huge step up in class.
As the bout went on Pongsaklek managed to find his range and get some success, building some momentum against his fleet footed and sharp punching foe. The success was there for the champion, but it was relatively limited as Suriyan continued to show case skills that weren't expected from him. As we went into the middle both men began to let their hands go more, standing in center ring. This wasn't a war, yet, but was incredible, high tempo, smart boxing from both. Both looked to gain the advantage, both looked for openings, and both tried to make things happen by finding their distance. It was Pongsaklek who began to land the more eye catching blows, particularly good short shots when Suriyan came inside and good body shots.
Although much of the contest had been boxing, the later rounds took a turn, with Suriyan applying more pressure and round 10 was just a high skilled, inside war, with brutal shots from both.This was what we had built to, and this was a perfect way for both men to show who was the better man. Seriously the bout turned from great boxing to a great war and this was an instant closet classic!
Treat yourself to a rare, thrilling all Thai war here!
It's a new year but the Closet Classic's continue coming and today we bring you a fun little brawl from Australia, where a Korean puncher took on a teak tough Aussie in what was a short but very fun bout. The Korean came in full of confidence and a punchers reputation but was the under against a tough, fit and very strong Australian who was a very, very clear betting favourite. Despite being the under-dog, the visitor was there to win!
Jin Shik Choi (17-1, 15) Vs Barry Michael (45-8-3, 13)
The 25 year old Jin Shik Choi was an unknown outside of Asia and really even in Asia he wasn't a star, with all of his bouts to this point taking place in his homeland. The one real bout of note for him was his loss, a 12th round TKO loss to Filipino Rod Sequenan, in a bout for the OPBF Super Featherweight title. Choi had bounced back from that loss, with 8 wins, but all of those were in Seoul and against mostly limited opposition.
Barry Michael on the other hand was a 30 year old who was originally from the UK but was very much an Australian who had unified the Australian and Commonwealth Lightweight titles. In 1985 he beat Lester Ellis for the IBF Super Featherweight and here he was making his first defense of the title, in what was his 47th professional bout. He wasn't known for his technical ability, but was incredibly hard working, with amazing stamina and work rate, and a real will to win. He could be out boxed, but that wasn't easy for anyone thanks to his incredible engine, and he had gone 18-1-2 in his previous 21 bouts,
Given Michael's busy style and the Korean mentality of Choi we should have expected something fan friendly, and that's exactly what we got!
From the first opening moments the men looked to find ring position, and within about 30 seconds the Korean went through the gears, throwing hooks and getting inside. Michael originally seemed to try and box his way through the storm before deciding to put Choi on the back foot and from there on we had both men throwing bombs, taking it in turns to let their hands go and test the resolve of the other. The technical skills of Barry saw him landing the more consistent blows but Choi repeatedly came back and seemed to land the bigger single shots in what was a fantastic opening round. The pace didn't slow down in the second as both continued to unleash a high volume of shots on the inside, and Barry seemed shaken at one point before composing himself and getting back to work.
We won't go any further with the break down, though this is very much worth a watch and is a true battle of wills with a lot of leather traded!
We have regularly spoke about the number of Japanese Middleweight title bouts that have ended up being thrillers. In fact we genuinely think it's the title that gives us amazing battles more consistently than any other title. The bouts might not be the best from a technical stand point but time, and time again they deliver incredible action between well matched fighters who really do fight for the belt. Today we bring you another bout for that title, and like others for the title, it was a thriller. Maybe not one of the very best, but it's in the chasing pack, and is really worthy of the 40 or so minutes it takes to enjoy.
Hikaru Nishida (15-8-1, 7) vs Tomohiro Ebisu (17-4, 17)
In one corner was Japanese champion Hikaru Nishida, a teak tough pressure fighter who was technically flawed but a bull. He could be out boxed, and was just a fight earlier in an OPBF title fight against Dwight Ritchie, but if you let him close the distance he was a nightmare to fight. As well as his toughness and incessant pressure he really excelled in terms of stamina, and seemed to get stronger in the middle and later rounds of bouts, taking advantage of opponents as they grew tired. We had seen the stamina and physicality of Nishida work well against the likes of Makoto Fuchigami and Akio Shibata and he had proven to be a really horrible fighter to go up against.
It's worth noting that whilst Nishida's record had 8 losses in 24 bouts he was once 4-5-1 (1) and had really rebuilt from a poor start whilst taking notable wins over the likes of Nishida, Fuchigami, Kazuhiko Hidaka and future OPBF champion Ratchasi Sithsaithong.
Ebisu on the other hand was seen as a glass cannon. His power was devastating, but his chin was a major issue, and none of his 21 bouts coming into this one had gone the distance, in fact 15 of his 21 bouts had finished in the first 4 rounds, including 3 of his 4 losses. Although he was a huge puncher, he had thudding power that shakes fighters to their core rather than knocked them out clean, and he lacked the speed to catch many fighters on the chin. Despite his flaws Ebisu was a fun, talented boxer-puncher and had managed to win the Japanese middleweight title in 2013, with a win over Sanosuke Sasaki, though it was a short reign and he did lose it in his first defense.
Coming into this Ebisu was the interim champion, following a win over Makoto Fuchigami in a 2016 Japanese Fight of the Year contender. That interim title had actually come about after Nishida was forced to pull out of a third bout with Fuchigami after suffering an injury in a freak accident and this bout was set to unify the two titles.
Within 90 seconds of the bout starting we had started to get what we were expecting. We were seeing Nishida pressing with real intensity and Ebisu landing heavy shots to the head an body of Nishida. Nishida managed to walk through the big shots in the opening few rounds and made Ebisu begin to stand his ground. When that happened we got fire works with the two trading bombs on the inside trying to take each other out some monstrous shots. Both were testing the other's resolve and it was clear, after just a few rounds, we were set for another Japanese Middleweight title war.
This wasn't pretty, but it was violent and got more, and more violent as the fight went on their footwork began to slow and they were spending more time at mid and close range.
Whilst we describe ourselves as boxing fans we all love seeing fighters who come to fight, rather than "box". They tend to be the guys, and girls, who make for great fights, dramatic contests, action brawls and in ring wars. They aren't always the most skilled people in the sport, but they constantly provide the most entertainment and are the people we would describe as being must watch. If you want to attract new fans into the sport you're always best off showing them fighters to begin with, rather than boxers. Today we delve into the closet to bring you a fight featuring one of Hong Kong's greatest fighters in a modern day Closet Classic.
Rex Tso (20-0, 12) vs Hirofumi Mukai (13-4-3, 3)
The Hong Kong fighter in question is Rex Tso, who consistently provided action and was the face of the Hong Kong scene thanks to his combination of thrilling in ring style, toughness, energy and charisma. The "Wonder Boy" was never the most polished of fighters, or the biggest of punchers, but what he was was a thrill a minute warrior who provided several FOTY contenders in a short but memorable career. Sadly he decided to go back to the amateurs when on the verge of a world title fight, though there is still some hope he return to the professional ranks one day.
The opponent for Tso in this particularly bout was Japan's Hirofumi Mukai. The talented Mukai was much more polished than Tso, and was a very talented amateur, but after turning professional he struggled to adapt to the professional scene. His lack of power was always an issue, and instead of being a dangerous guy in the ring he was often relying more on his heart and determination rather than his power. He would twice fight for world titles, facing Pongsaklek Wonjongkam and Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, and prove his toughness, but he never looked like a world champion in the making. The best he managed was winning the WBO Asia Pacific Super Flyweight title, twice.
With Tso in action we knew to tune in and expect fireworks. Those fires were set off almost immediately with Tso pressing the fight and trying to drag Tso into a war. Mukai tried to avoid it but the pressure of Tso just built and built, forcing Mukai to fight back. A head clash part way through the first round saw Mukai suffer a cut over his left eye and be taken to the doctor in the first round, and he was dropped in round 2.
It was after that knockdown that the pace increased, with Mukai changing tactics. Rather than trying to avoid a fight, something that hadn't worked in the first round a bit, he decided to fight fire with fire. This gave us some crazy, wild and truly sensational action as both fighters tried to break the heart of the other. It was Tso's power against Mukai's toughness, Tso's front foot aggression against Mukai's blistering combinations and counters. This was all action, with both fighters throwing long flurries, trading combinations and putting on a show for the fans.
Tso and Mukai may never have hit the heights they had hoped for, but with this bout they gave us something that really hit the spot!
When we talk about really great fights what we love is the complete package. High quality boxing, drama, excitement, and momentum swings. Whilst we don't really mind too much on the profile of the bout we do love to see bouts that swing one way and then the other. Today we bring you one such bout, that featured a knockdown early, a point deduction, a fight back and saw a brawl take the fight to a boxer. Better yet this bout really does come from deep inside out vault, with this Closet Classic taking place way back in 1972 and features a legitimate legend.
Masao Oba (32-2-1, 13) vs Orlando Amores (27-1, 18)
Japan's Masao Ohba, the Eternal Champion, is regarded as one of Japan's all time greats despite passing away at just 23. He's arguably the greatest unfulfilled talent in boxing history, and despite passing away so young had a career that many fighters would have wished they could have matched. In just 38 career bouts he would beat the likes of Bernabe Villacampo, Berkrerk Chartvanchai, Betulio Gonzalez, Susumu Hanagata and Chartchai Chionoi. In the ring he was a pure joy to watch, a fantastic technical boxer who moved well and judges distance fantastically. Here he was just 22 years old, here he was seeking his 4th defense of the title just 20 months after winning it. As well as the 4 defenses he had also fit in 3 non-title bouts, including a win over Fritz Chervet.
Panama's Orlando Amores is sadly not a well remembered fighter, which is a shame as he was a very fan friendly and aggressive fighter who should be more fondly remembered than he is. Sadly though he came around in an era where Panama had a few icons with fighters like Roberto Duran, Ernesto Marcel and Ismael Laguna as well world champions like Jaime Rios and Enrique Pinder. Coming in to this bout the then 24 year old had only suffered a single loss, coming way back in 1968 against Luis Carlos Urrunaga. He had bounced back with 18 straight wins, 12 of which had come by T/KO and included wins over future Bantamweight champion Enrique Pinder, future world title challenger Nestor Jimenez, future Minimumweight champion Luis Estaba and a win in a rematch with Urrunaga.
From the opening moments it was clear that both men were there to win, and to do so impressively, with Oba looking to set the pace. He paid for that when Amores began to press forward and caught Oba with a huge left hook on the jaw. It send Oba down, though he got to his feet quickly. That spurred on Amores who pressed hard, and tried to take Oba out with calculated pressure and huge, booming right hands. In round 2 Oba managed to get behind his razor jab and force Amores backward at times, but the man from Panama continues to look for, and land big shots, though it was he that took a big one, and was dropped in the second round.
With both men knowing they could put the other down there was a sense of danger and that added to the drama and excitement as the bout went on. This was a bout with everything, and deserves a series amount of attention, even now, almost 50 years on!
One thing that seems to sum up many Korean fighters is their insane toughness, few would be described as being classically skilled, but many of their most successfully relied on toughness, a desire to win and incredibly stamina. The great Korean fighters of the past were always a nightmare to fight due to their resilience and this is what made them fan favourites and some of the best fighters too watch. Here we look at the first bout between a little known Korean warrior, and an often forgotten Japanese anomaly in a bout that was a one sided for the most part yet thoroughly entertaining all the same, thanks to the determination of the Korean under-dog, who seemed to come close to a major upset at times.
Shinji Takehara (15-0, 12) vs Sung Chun Lee (1-0-1) I
Japan's Shinji Takehara is a name that fans from the 1990's will be familiar with. He was the first Japanese fighter to win a world title at Middleweight, and was a huge fighter, with destructive power, freakish size and an exciting style. He was flawed but fun and his win over Jorge Castro in 1995 for the WBA Middleweight title was huge, though his reign only lasted 6 months with Takehara losing the belt to William Joppy in his first defense. Rising through the ranks Takehara looked to be a monster on the regional and domestic scene, He had won the Japanese title in his 11th bout, made 4 defenses and then faced off with little known Korean Sung Chun Lee for the vacant OPBF Middleweight, in what was their first bout.
Lee on the other hand was a seeming unknown, Boxrec list him as being 1-0-1 He had apparently on his debut and then took a win over domestic foe Yong Sun Kim a year later. The his record goes blank, with no listed bouts in 18 months before he took the the ring in Japan to take on he then 15-0 Takehara. It seems hard to believe he was only 1-0-1 coming into this bout, though we struggled to find anything to prove other wise. Theres a good chance he did have a more extensive record than we have details about, as some Korean records are incomplete, but regardless he was stepping up big time here. No only was he up against a big punching, unbeaten fighter, but he was also dwarfed by Takehara, who had clear reach and height advantages over him.
Early on Takehara managed to use his foot work and his size to pick off Lee as he came forward. The pace wasn't electric and it was one that allowed Takehara to control the fight with relative ease. As it went on however Lee's toughness and desire began to make things interesting. No matter how much he got hit he ploughed forward, trying to drag Takehara into a war, and as the bout went on he managed to get to Takehara, particularly in the middle rounds.
Starting in round 5 Lee began to close the distance, getting success on the inside and dragging Takehara into his fight. Takehara still managed to get the better of it, but it was clear that Lee was going to go through hell in an attempt to win. This turned into something very entertaining, with Takehara's chin being tested big time by Lee's hooks, and more than once it looked like Lee would go on to turn things around.
Notably the two men would later have a rematch, and in that rematch the two again went to war, and amazingly scored a double knockdown in round 8 of that rematch.
(Please note - The video for this fight is the TV edit and not the complete fight, but is still worth the time to watch)
In recent year's we've seen a fair bit of attention given to boxing in Nagoya thanks to the rapid rise of Kosei Tanaka and the second generation prospect Kento Hatanaka. It hasn't always had successful fighters though, and it's a region that has sadly lacked in terms of world champions. Despite the lack of world level success a number of the region's fighters have been incredibly fun to watch and exciting. Today we look at a fight that took place in Nagoya and was exciting, competitive and dramatic!
Kozo Ishii (21-1, 14) Vs Nestor Garza (37-1, 29)
Aged 22 Ishii was the rising star of Nagoya, his only loss had come in 1996 and he had reeled off 14 straight wins afterwards, with 11 of those coming inside the distance. That winning run had seen Ishii claim the OPBF Super Bantamweight title and score a number of solid regional level wins, such as a victory over former world title contender Jang Kyun Oh. Nagoya had it's support all behind him, and although he was a little unpolished around the edge he was their hope and one of the regions brightest talents since Kiyoshi Hatanaka who had claimed the WBC Super Bantamweight title in 1991.
Mexican fighter Nestor Garza was all 22 and "El Tigre" had been the champion for almost a year coming into this bout. He had won the belt in the US in December 1998 and had racked up a single defense in May, when he stopped Carlos Barreto. Although not well remembered Garza was a solid fighter who who's only loss had come in April 1997 when he was surprisingly upset by Angel Rosario, a loss that he had put behind him with 10 wins coming into this bout with Garza. Included in that winning run were his title win, and his defense against Barreto, but also wins over former world title challenger Freddy Cruz and Jesus Sarabia, as well as future champion Cruz Carbajal.
The fight started slightly quicker than we're used to with first rounds, and although it wasn't all out war from the off it definitely felt like both men had began in second gear, with Ishii particularly looking to land big right hands. Garza, to his credit, managed to have plenty of success of his own and it was clear that both men were to fight. As the rounds went on the action built, becoming more intense, with more big shots being thrown by both. By the middle rounds both fighters were trading shots frequently, with hard and heavy leather being exchanged, and both were landing clean. Chins were being tested, and how they were standing up at times was a mystery.
In the later stages both men were looking banged up, but they kept in their launching bombs in an attempt to take the fight out of the judges hand. This was guts, this was will and this was incredible!
The bout went on to win the 1999 Japanese fight of the year, and is well and truly worth a watch. It is one of the forgotten wars of the 1990's.
The Japanese domestic has been filled with classics over the years, and it seems that we are adding to that list every few months. Today we take you back to 1988 for a bout that will long in the memories of Japanese fight fans who got a sensational treat for a domestic title. It was a bout between unbeaten men who really showed how much the domestic title meant. It featured one man who went on to win world titles in 2 divisions, and someone who never the chance to win one, despite once looking set to go all the way. Together they made for a sensational bout.
Koji Arisawa (18-0, 15) vs Takanori Hatakeyama (20-0-1, 15)
The 26 year old Koji Arisawa was the unbeaten champion and a rising force on the domestic scene. He had won the title in April 1996, in his 13th bout, and had defended it 5 times, all by stoppage. His 5 combined defenses had taken 25 rounds, and he looked like someone rising and on his way to a Super Featherweight world title fight. He was a known slow started, and could be hurt early, but when he found his groove he was a monster, with high work rate, heavy hand a real mean streak in the ring.
At 22 years old Hatakeyama was the younger fighter, but also the more experienced. He had won the OPBF Super Featherweight title in 1996 and made 3 defenses challenging WBA world champion Yong Soo Choi in 1997. After fighting to a draw with Choi we would see Hatakeyama return to domestic level to face Arisawa. With an unbeaten record, a reputation as an exciting fighter and some able to attract female fans to boxing Hatakeyama had wide appeal and like Arisawa big things were expected from him.
Given the styles, popularity, and the fact both so highly regarded this bout was dubbed the 究極の日本タイトルマッチ (Kyūkyoku no Nihon taitorumatch) "ultimate Japanese title match". Unlike most domestic title matches this wasn't fought at a small venue, like the Korakuen Hall but instead at the Kokugikan, a venue typically used for world title bouts. The purses for both men were huge compared to a typical Japanese title match, and the bout was aired live on Fuji TV, a rarity for a Japanese title fight.
Although their was pressure on both men to deliver that pressure didn't show, and both got down to work early on, with bombs coming from both in the first round. The intensity of the action, and huge crown noises made this more than a Japanese title bout, it made it an event. Regularly the two men would stand together and trade bombs. Whilst the bout was intense, all action and huge shots the two combined all that with crisp punching, both throwing clean shots, and even on the inside they avoiding smothering their work, with both looking to technically correct shots. They both looked to respond after getting hit and given the reputation both had as power punchers there was always the potential for either man to hurt the other.
The longer the but went the more the intensity rose, with both men moving less and trading more, making round 8 a very special round.
A rarity in boxing is a bout living up to expectations, this however very much exceed them, later winning the Japanese award for the fight of the year.
When we have some free time we're hoping to add a series of fun articles to the site. Hopefully these will be enjoyable little short features