At the start of 2013 no one in boxing ever expected a Yemeni born fighter to find their way in to the record books. This past Tuesday however Ali Raymi (19-0, 19) tied history with an historic opening round victory over Ali Salem (10-1, 2). This stoppage victory for Raymi has seen him tying a record previously held by just Tyrone Brunson*.
Whilst Raymi is now world ranked by the WBO (#12) and the WBC (#15) there are plenty of online folk criticising the 39 year old and suggesting his fights are fixed. We won't make any comment on this however with Raymi now 15-0 (15) for the year it's fair to say that he is one of the busiest men in the game right now.
As well as Raymi's victory in Yemen there were 3 other bouts on the card. These saw just a sole stoppage as Faisal Fittini (4-0, 4) stopped Khaled Abdusalam (1-1) in the third round.
The remaining two contests on the Yemen show saw Prince Maz (4-0, 3) taking a decision over Alwan Hawshabi (3-6, 1), ending his own KO run, and Akram Jafwi (5-0, 1) taking a decision over Moxamad Abdu (4-4, 2).
In Japan we had Dangan 87, a show that included a Class A tournament contest.
Unfortunately in the A class tournament bout Yuta Nakagawa (11-4-1, 7) made very short work of Yosuke Fujihara (14-2, 4). Nakagawa needed just 66 seconds to stop Fujihara.
Although the Nakagawa/Fujihara bout was the main event it was one of the shortest bouts on the show and by far the shortest of a trio of 6 round contests. The other two bouts scheduled for 6 all went in to at least the final round.
In a Bantamweight contest scheduled for 6 Ryoichi Tamura (1-1) managed to narrowly defeat Keigo Soma (5-9-1, 2) via a split decision. This was the only one of the three bouts scheduled for 6 that went the complete distance. The remaining one featured Takuya Fujii (6-4, 2) who managed to stop Kazuki Kobayashi (4-6) with little more than half a round left.
As well as the trio of 6 rounders that we had there were also five bouts scheduled for 4 rounds. Of those only two actually went the distance with Yutaka Ekawa (2-2-1) out pointing Tateo Saito (2-1) and Yuya Nagayoshi (3-5, 1) taking a decision over Kotaro Sasa (1-3).
Amazingly the other trio of 4 rounders went just a combined 4 rounds between them. The shortest of those was a 20 second blast out for the debuting Tadashi Nunoya (1-0, 1) who swiftly despatched fellow debutant Takehiro Kojima (0-1). The Nunoya/Kojima bout wasone of two opening round stoppages alongisde that of Kazuma Ishikura (2-1, 1) who stopped Kazuto Nakane (1-1, 1) in 152 seconds.
In the sole bout we've not mentioned Yudai Hata (2-1, 1) stopped Ryota Harukawa (1-2, 1) in the second round.
*We have been in touch with Guinness to try and get them to recognise this record. We are awaiting a reply.