Once every so often a fighter breaks out and emerges from the shadows in a big way. They go from a relative nobody to a contender, from a prospect that only his team and family know to being a world ranked looking ready to challenge for belts.
Back in May that's exactly what happened to Shohei Omori a relative unknown outside of Japan who dominated Mexican veteran, and former world title challenger, Christian Esquivel, a man known to Japanese fans for his bout with Shinsuke Yamanaka back in 2011. Against Yamanaka it was shown that Esquivel was a flawed fighter but still a man with some skills that could give trouble to lesser men than Yamanaka, against Omori however things were almost all against the Mexican who was tagged at will and eventually stopped in round 4 after Omori came alive with several vicious assaults.
The win for the Japanese fighter boosted him into WBC world rankings and appears to have moved him towards a title fight of some variety. For Esquivel it was his 3rd loss in Japan, surprisingly it was the quickest of those 3 losses by far, perhaps proving that Omori is a real world class talent in the making.
Here we include some of the best, most interesting, most exciting or most eye catching videos from around the Asian boxing world.