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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