In 2012 Makoto Fuchigami vacated the Japanese Middleweight title to challenge WBA world champion Gennady Golovkin. The move was a brave one for Fuchigami though one that did get him some international infamy despite showing great heart against "GGG".
Between Fuchigami vacating the title and his fight with Golovkin, Japanese fans had seen a new domestic champion crowned as Tadashi Yuba and Carlos Linares battled for the belt in a thrilling slugfest. It lacked the technical brilliance and accuracy of Golovkin but it gave us great action, great back and forth and really violent exchanges before one man eventually folded.
Whilst the bout was exciting we tend to feel the more interesting part of the bout is actually the fighters involved.
Yuba is a bit of a domestic legend in Japan for having won titles in 5 division, starting at Lightweight and going all the way up to Middleweight. He has gotten so far based around his tremendous heart and thunderous power and even now, with more than 50 bouts under his belt, he fights in a crude slugging manner with the intention often being to stop his opponent in a war.
Linares on the other hand was a Japanese based Venezuelan and the younger brother of former 2-weight world champion Jorge Linares. Carlos, unlike Jorge, lacked somewhat in the sweet science but was a warrior, as seen here. Sadly however his career appears to have been cut short
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