June 23rd 2010- Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Tetsuma Hayashi (14-0-1, 4) Vs Takayashu Kobayashi (15-3-2, 2)
Boxing is typically at it's best when both fighters come to win with the knowledge that a win furthers their career and there is something to be fighting for. One such bout saw Takayashu Kobayashi, a former Japanese Flyweight title challenger, battle against the unbeaten Tetsuma Hayashi in the semi-final of the "Strongest Korakuen". For both men the bout was a key one and would move them to the "Strongest Korakuen Final" and subsequently a chance to fight for the Japanese national title whilst the loser would need to get back in line.
(Video courtesy of Gyuzen Meet the Meat Channel)
One thing we love with these videos is that we can help paint a picture of a fighter over a few fighters. For some fighters, such as Naoya Inoue, it can mean a full career whilst for others it can just be a few fights. One thing that is nice however is where we can have a few successive fights showing someones move towards a title for example.
That's exactly what we have for Tetsuma Hayashi right now after we stumbled on his fight with Yasuhiro Sakurai, a fight that fell between Hayashi's blow out win over Somsak Singmanasak in June 2011 and his failed Japanese title bout with Takuya Kogawa in April 2012
We won't give away the result from this one but we will say it fits in very nicely in our library and for that we're very happy to have stumbled on it recently.
When we think of hard luck stories in Japanese boxing we do have to feel a little bit sorry for Takuya Kogawa. In his first world title fight he travelled to Thailand and lost to the great Pongsaklek Wonjongkam in a major step up. That bout came when Wonjongkam was still in his pomp and came 4 months before Wonjongkam defeated the dangerous Edgar Sosa. In his second world title fight Kogawa was jobbed in an atrocious decision against Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep, a decision that really was one of the worst of 2014.
Another of Japan's hard luck stories is former Kogawa opponent Tetsuma Hayashi who really gave Kogawa a very tough bout and, with slightly different judges, could actually be unbeaten and a Japanese Flyweight champion.
Kogawa and Hayashi met in April 2012 and put on a great showing between them that saw the men being very hard to split as they each seemed to give as good as they got in a highly competitive and genuinely enthralling 10 round battle that featured a high amount of action though perhas lacked a bit of drama due to the lack of power both men possess.
We won't pretend this was a 2012 FOTY contender, especially not when compared to the Daud Cino Yordan/Lorenzo Villanueva bout, but it is highly entertaining action fight that shows just what a Japanese title can mean to two young fighters each hoping to prove their quality.
Whilst we hope to bring you videos of major bouts, exciting bouts and some of the most stunning KO's we also want to give you a chance to see some of the lesser known fighters, those that don't get the chance to be known around the world and those without big followings, even in their home land.
One such fighter is Tetsuma Hayashi a Japanese Flyweight who is best known for losing in a competitive national title fight to Takuya Kogawa.
Footage of Hayashi is somewhat hard to find but we did manage to find footage of his fight with Thailand's Somsak Singmanasak. The fight, which took place on June 1st 2011 really showed off what Hayashi is capable of with some stunning combinations though perhaps over-played his somewhat limited power.
We'll accept Somsak wasn't a great opponent for Hayashi but this was still a great performance by the little known Japanese fighter who we imagine could well make a genuine mark on the Japanese or OPBF scene in the next year or two.
Here we include some of the best, most interesting, most exciting or most eye catching videos from around the Asian boxing world.