When we talk about fun to watch Japanese fighters we need to accept that, for all his flaws, Akinori Watanabe guarantees excitement, action and knockouts. At the time of writing Watanabe has been featured in 34 bouts and only 4 have gone the distance.
Unfortunately for Watanabe he has been stopped in 4 of those 34 bouts. Those losses included an opening round defeat to Tsuyoshi Kamiishi in a bout that was truly an all action brawl from start to end.
This isn't pretty but it is really fun action from start to end and well worth a watch if you like your action frantic and exciting.
In the years that followed this bout Watanabe would become one of the real forces on the Asian scene claiming Japanese, OPBF and PABA titles whilst Kamiishi would fight just once more, losing that bout to Koshinmaru Saito.
Here we include some of the best, most interesting, most exciting or most eye catching videos from around the Asian boxing world.