Moon Sun Jung Vs Sung Hwan Kim
The year may not ave been a great one for Korean boxing fans, as the country continues to struggle to make a mark in the world of boxing. However they did kick the year off with a thriller between Moon Sun Jung and Sung Hwan Kim. The bout saw both being dropped, saw blood being shed and saw two novices really putting it all out there in a wild and exciting brawl.
This expected war came back in March and was supposed to be another easy win for the “Wonder Boy” Rex Tso, instead however it turned into a real FOTY contender with both men being hurt, and both putting their all into what was an exciting and wild brawl. The quality may not have been world class but the action was from the first round to the 10th and final round.
We saw some really great bouts in Thailand this year, though not was quite as memorable as the thrilling WBC Youth Flyweight title bout between local favourite Kongfah CP Freshmart and Japanese visitor Daigo Higa. The two men, who were 20 and 19, had had a combined 20 fights, all wins, with 14 stoppages and both really wanted to keep their perfect records intact. This July brawl was one of the real boxing highlights of the summer.
Just weeks after the Kongfah/Higa bout we had something special in Japan as Super Featherweights Daiki Kaneko and Masao Nakamura beat the ever living snot out of each other in a high intensity, all action war for the Korakuen Hall faithful. How this bout missed out on the TV cameras was a mystery but thankfully fan cam footage was posted online soon after the bout allowing the world to see what was a very special bout.
It took over a year for us to finally see Kohei Kono and Koki Kameda get it on in a mandatory defense of Kono's WBA Super Flyweight title, but boy was it worth the wait! Both men had a point to prove and put it all on the line in an all action fight in the US which left American fans in awe. The bout, which was historical due to the fact it was the first All Japanese world title bout to take place in the US, brought Western attention to both the fighters and the division and it's fair to say that winner has gained long term fans from this one.
The final bout of our 6 best bouts of the year was also in the US and was another knock-down-drag-out affair. The contest saw Takashi Miura make his US debut and go to war with mandatory challenger Francisco Vargas. Both were hurt, both were down, both were bloodied, both showed their toughness in what is widely regarded as one of the best bouts to have taken place in the US this year.