January 3rd 2010-Donggu Culture Hall, Daegu, South Korea
Hayato Kimura (15-1, 10) Vs Brix Ray (11-8-2, 8)
In 2010 a then 20 year old Hayato Kimura [木村 隼人所属] battled against Filipino Brix Ray.
April 27th 2009-Munsan Primary School Paju City, South Korea
Hayato Kimura (13-0, 8) vs Seung Suk Chae (14-1, 5)
In April 2009 Korean based Japanese fighter Hayato Kimura [木村 隼人所属], the then Korean Super Flyweight champion, took on Seung Suk Chae in a bout for Kimura's title.
February 23rd 2009-Citizen Hall, Dongducheon, South Korea
Hayato Kimura (12-0, 8) vs Roy Doliguez (18-16-8, 11)
In 2009 Korean based Japanese fighter Hayato Kimura took on Filipino journeyman Roy Doliguez in a 10 round bout in Korea.
March 22nd 2008 Ramada Plaza Hotel, Jeju, South Korea
Hayato Kimura (8-0, 4) vs Yong Ki Jo (6-2-1, 2)
In 2008 Korean based Japanese fighter Hayato Kimura [木村 隼人所属] made the first defense of the Korean Super Flyweight title as he took on Yong Ki Jo. At the point of this bout Kimura was fighting under the name Joon in Yoo.
December 6th 2007-Hoengseong Gymnasium, Hoengseong-Gun, South Korea
Hayato Kimura (7-0, 4) vs Kyung-Jin Son (6-6-1, 4)
In 2007 Japan's Hayato Kimura [木村 隼人所属], then fighting in Korea, battled against Kyung Jin Son for the Korean Super Flyweight title. At the time of this bout Kimura was just 18 but seen as a rising hopeful and a promising fighter going places.
September 27th 2015-EDION Arena Osaka, Osaka, Osaka, Japan
Sho Ishida (19-0, 10) Vs Hayato Kimura (23-7, 15)
Earlier this year Japanese fans had the chance to see Kazuto Ioka defend his WBA Flyweight title against Roberto Domingo Sosa. On the same card Ioka's stablemate Sho Ishida was in action defending his Japanese Super Flyweight title against the experienced Hayato Kimura.
All too often Filipino fighters seem to come in to their own on the road. We saw it last year with Rey Loreto beat Pornsawan Porpramook and even earlier this year when Ben Mananquil came incredibly close to stopping Kwanpichit OnesongchaiGym.
More recently fans got to see 21 year old Michael Dasmarinas show off his skills and emerge from the crowd by out pointing Japan's Hayato Kimura in a very good win in Kimura's native Japan. Going in to the bout Dasmarinas was riding a 13 fight winning streak dating back well over 2 years, he had however not scored a notable victory and had only beaten 1 fighter with a winning record. Despite his history however the Filipino appears to have developed some very complete skills, as he showed off by beating Kimura on the inside and outside in a very impressive performance.
Kimura, who was fighting for the 28th time, showed some solid skills himself at times though was often found wanting against the Filipino southpaw who often used his jab to great effect.
This win is unlikely to register outside of the east though for hardcore fans it may be enough to stamp Dasmarinas's name in their "watch list" and we will certainly be following him closely given this very good performance.
(Video courtesy of 45412380)
When we talk about interesting fighters we seem to also think of world famous famous fighters as opposed to the less known but equally interesting fighters. One such fighter is Hayato Kimura, AKA Joon-In Yoo, Big Joon and Hayato Chuwatana. Kimura, despite being Japanese began his career aged 16 in Thailand before carving out an interesting part of his career in South Korea and then, finally, making a mark on the Japanese domestic scene.
Not only was Kimura's early career an interesting one due to where he was fighting but it was also interesting for two other reasons. Firstly he was the first ever Japanese fighter to claim a South Korean title, a feat he achieved when he beat Kyung-Jin Son for the South Korean Super Flyweight title, and secondly he was also the interim WBO Asia Pacific Super Flyweight champion, winning a title that the JBC didn't recognise. He got to do both of those because he was fighting in South Korea under a South Korean license as opposed to a Japanese license.
The video below is of Kimura's fight for the interim WBO Asia Pacific Super Flyweight title, a fight that saw him stopping Indonesia's Little Roseman. Roseman at this point had had more than double the amount of fights Kimura had had but the Japanese born fighter looked bigger, stronger and simply much better than his Indonesian rival .
Although Kimura has improved since this fight, almost 6 years ago, it's still impressive to see him going to body with such a determined gut busting attack, something that we really liked when we saw this fight.
(Video courtesy of Novaboxing)
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