In December 2010 Ryuji Hara clashed with Shuhei Ito in the all Japan Rookie of the Year final. That bout saw Hara defeating Ito, who entered 9-0, to claim the crown of Rookie of the Year and boost his standing in the sport. At the point the 20 year old Hara looked like a world champion in the making.
Around 3.5 years later the men met for a second time as Hara defended the Japanese Minimumweight title against Ito. This time around things were very different in the ring and Hara couldn't stop his foes in a bout that left some wondering about whether or not Hara would ever achieve the world crown that some had ear marked for him after their first bout.
If you've not seen Hara then this bout is well worth a watch ahead of his contest with Kosei Tanaka in what looks certain to be a genuinely thrilling contest,.
(Video courtesy of Aka0113
Here we include some of the best, most interesting, most exciting or most eye catching videos from around the Asian boxing world.