When we talk about popular Mongolian fighters not many can rival the tough as old boots Choi Tseveenpurev [Чойжилжавын Цэвээнпүрэв], who amassed a record of 36-7-1 (24) between 1996 and 2014. During that long career he fought in Korea, Thailand, Indonesia, Mongolia, China, England, Scotland, Denmark and Singapore whilst sharing the ring with the likes of Daud Yoran, Veeraphol Sahaprom and Lehlo Ledwaba.
Here he is talking about his career to MNCTV Mongolia in what's a pretty interesting find, and something that Mongolian fans will appreciate, even if others don't.
At the turn of the millennium Bekzat Sattarkhanov [Бекзат Саттарханов] was regarded as one of the most promising fighters in Kazakhstan. He had shined at the 1999 Asian Games, winning a silver medal behidn local favourite Tulkunbay Turgunov, before claiming a gold medal at the Sydney games in 2000, beating the likes of Jeffrey Mathebula and Rocky Juarez along the way.
Sadly Bekzat would be involved in a car accident on December 31st 2000 and passed away from his injuries, at the age of 20. It took one of the brightest boxing prospects on the planet away from us, far, far too early and it was clear that Sattarkhanov had a lot left to give before his passing.
Here is a documentary about Sattarkhanov, a fighter who really could have become a professional star, and perhaps an even bigger success than Gennady Golovkin. Following his death there would also be a stamp dedicated to the tfight and a sports schooled named after him.
When we talk about the greatest talents who have failed to reach their potential the fighters come in two main groups. Those who wasted their talent by failing to train properly and work hard with the gift they had, and those who were sadly taken well before their time. One of those from that second category is Japan's Masao Oba [大場 政夫], who was just 23 year old at the time of his death, which came whilst he was the reigning WBA Flyweight champion and looking like a man on the verge of a fantastic areer, in fact he had already had a brilliant career with a 2 year world title reign featuring 5 defenses.
With Oba's death coming whilst he was still a reigning world champion the Japanese have dubbed him the "Eternal champion" and here is a short documentary on Oba's career which lasted little more than 6 years but featured 38 bouts including wins over Berkrerk Chartvanchai, Betulio Gonzalez, Susumu Hanagata and Chartchai Chionoi, to compile a 35-2-1 (16) record.
For fan who speak Japanese, or those interested in seeing a little bit of Oba the video below is great, sadly though for those unable to speak Japanese the documentary does lose a lot of it's intrigue and interest.
Russian fighter Yuri Arbachakov was a stand out as both an amateur and a professional which much of his professional career spent in Japan, where he won the Japanese and WBC Flyweight titles as one of a number of former Soviet fighters who turned professional in the Land of the Rising Sun.
Here we have a Japanese documentary on Arbachakov showing some interesting footage of Yuri and explaining his story up to the point of the documentary, which was called "Bokusā kodokuna taikan" (literally translated as "Crowned Lonely Boxer"). For the hardcore Yuri fans the footage will be intriguing whilst Japanese speakers will likely learn something new about the former Flyweight great.
In 1968 the then 21 year old Shozo Saijo claimed the WBA Featherweight title, out pointing Raul Rojas in Los Angeles to become the first Japanese fighter to claim a world title on foreign soil. After defending the title 4 times Saijo would lose the title in 1971, losing to Antonio Gomez before leaving boxing. After retiring from boxing he attempted to turn his hand to Kick boxing and in 1974 he took on Toshio Fujiwara, who was a top Japanese kick boxer and later became a Muay Thai legend.
The bout wasn't a great one for Saijo but did, essentially, close the curtain on his career as a combat athlete, at the age of 27.
The name Syed Hussain Shah won't mean much to Western fight fans however for boxing fans in Pakistan the name well be the most famous of any Pakistani born fighter, and until recently with the emergence of Muhammad Waseem that claim was pretty much unchallenged.
For those unaware Shah was an Pakistani boxer who competed at the Seoul Olympics in 1988, fighting in the Middleweight division. Not only did he compete at the Olympics but he also went on to claim an Olympic Bronze medal. That medal was an historic one for Pakistan as he became only the second individual competitor to claim an Olympic medal, following Muhammad Bashir's bronze medal in 1960.
The success of Shah lead to a Government medal and, in 2015, a movie based on his life written and directed by Adnan Sarwar. Sarwar, and released by Logos Films & Media, who put the movie up, in full, on youtube.
The decision to put the movie, titled "Shah", online was to stop piracy and allow it's legacy to continue and we'd like to share that with fight fans by posting the video below, giving those unaware of Shah, the movie and the man, a chance to see the movie in full. Sadly it's market may be limited by the fact that it's in Urdu but it's well worth a watch for those who who speak the language, or those who just want to know more about Shah.
Thai born Japanese based fighter Den Junlaphan was, once, one of the top Minimumweights on the planet. Here we see him being featured in an NHK TV segment that showcased the fighter and his abilities whilst he continued to build his reputation in Japan, where he was hugely popular.
If you've not seen much of Junlaphan this is worth a watch and at less than 20 minutes long it's not going to take much out of your day to watch in full.
Middleweight sensation Gennady Golovkin has shown how proud he is to represent Kazakhstan, wearing traditional clothing and fighting with the Kazakh flag behind him. He is however a bit of a mongrel in terms of his genetics and has some Korean blood from his mother. That Korean blood likely helped him get attention in Korea with the country running a special on Golovkin last year, ahead of his fight with David Lemieux.
For the most part this is less of a documentary and more just fight footage if we're being honest, but for fans of Golovkin this is worth a watch, especially with his bout against Kell Brook coming up.
A really interesting thing to note here is that the show suggests Golovkin's amateur record was actually 320-10, a very different figure to the often quoted 345-5 record.
If we're honest Naoya Inoue looks likely to be one of the faces of boxing for the next decade or so. For some his coming out party happened at the end of 2014, when he decimated the talented and very experienced Omar Andres Narvaez. He had however been tipped as a star before then with with many in Japanese boxing circles ear marking him as a sensation when he was still an amateur.
Here we have a documentary his rise to his first world title, the WBC Light Flyweight title, and the scenes soon after that title win. It shows various things including Naoya's training methods, some post fight footage and various other behind the scenes moments from Naoya's career. It's a documentary that will be better for Japanese speakers but even those who don't speak the language can enjoy sections of this, including the training and the close relationship between Naoya and his father/trainer Shingo, arguably the most under-rated trainer on the planet today.
One of the big "what if's?" of the Super Flyweight division is "What if Khaosai Galaxy had faced Jiro Watanabe?" It was a bout many had wanted to see and it was a bout that would have made a lot of sense with Galaxy beign the #1 contender for Watanabe's WBA title, though Watanabe tried to unify with the WBC champion and was stripped by the WBA. As a result of the WBA's action we never got that fight....or did we?
We never got the two men in the ring in a traditional fight, despite a lot of people wanting it, however Japanese fans did, amazingly, get the chance to see the two fighters trade blows in an exhibition contest in November 1994 at the Korakuen Hall, an exhibition that was also shown on Thai TV.
At the time of the exhibition both men had retired with Watanabe not fighting in 8 years whilst Galaxy had retired in 1992. Despite that the two looked in great shape and took this rather seriously, despite wearing head gear for the first round of the exhibition. If you've never seen this it's well worth a watch and leaves open the question of who would have won had we got this fight in the mid 1980's?
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