Today our American friends are celebrating thanksgiving and we've decided to join them in their celebrations by thanking the boxing world for a number of things that we've had the fortune of having this year.
1-The rise of Kosei Tanaka
Japanese youngster Kosei Tanaka has been a sensation this year fighting 3 times against progressively better opponents, and better yet he has looked better every time he has stepped in to the ring. In March he went 8 rounds en route to defeating Ronelle Ferreras by wide decision, in July he showed off his power as he stopped Crison Omayao inside a round in a really eye opening result. The best however came at the end of October when he stopped Ryuji Hara in 10 rounds to claim the OPBF title and set up a sensational 2015 for the youngster.
Thank you Kosei for a fantastic year and for pushing yourself from the off!
2-Katsunari Takayama (vs Francisco Rodriguez Jr)
We love Katsunari Takayama, his mentality in regards to the sport is brilliant and he really should be a boxing fans fighter. He's one of the few fighters who appears to always want to fight the best, he seems to be willing to travel for tough bouts and win or lose he's willing to put on a show. We saw him do just that earlier this year when he tried to unify the IBF and WBO Minimumweight titles. For that Takayama had to travel to Mexico to take on Francisco Rodriguez Jr and although the Japanese fighter came up short he showed the heart, fire and spirit that continues to make up look forward to everyone of his bouts.
Thank you Katsunari for never disappointing us!
The Filipino promotional power house may not have been the best promoter this year but they've managed to lead the Filipino boxing scene once again. That, of course, has been built around their recognisable fighters such as Donnie Nietes but has also helped develop the likes of Albert Pagara, who looks sensational, Genesis Servania, who looks likely to become a world champion in 2015 and Mark Magsayo. The continued efforts of ALA have really helped keep the Philippines relevant and show there is more to Filipino boxing than just Nonito Donaire and Manny Pacquiao.
Thank you ALA for investing in and developing Filipino talent
Mr Ohashi, for those who aren't aware, is the man in charge of Ohashi boxing. That puts him in charge of some of the best talent in Japan, such as Naoya Inoue and Akira Yaegashi, and has helped create some of the best bouts and shows this year. They have included the bouts between Kosei Tanaka and Ryuji Hara for the OPBF Minimumweight title, Naoya Inoue and Adrian Hernandez for the WBC Light Flyweight title and Akira Yaegashi and Roman Gonzalez for the WBC Flyweight title. In terms of promotional power Ohashi is the second most powerful promoter in Japan, behind Teiken, though his match ups have seen him becoming a favourite of the fans both domestically and internationally and it seems the match making philosophy is set to continue into 2015 with several big bouts made to end this year.
Thank you Mr Ohashi for proving promoters can care for the fans of the sport
You lovely people who come on to this site, help support us and help us develop what is quickly growing into much more than a hobby. When this site was started we never expected it to take off like it has done in the last year. Thankfully via the support of you guys who come and visit the site, share articles, send us e-mails and tweets and the such, you have helped this site to outgrow what we expected it would be. Hopefully you guys will still be checking out the site next year and hopefully we'll continue to grow as we have done this year. Fingers crossed that we will continue to break the news from the east, introduce new fighters to you guys and help you follow the happenings of the sport in a part of the world that all too often over-looked by western media.
Thank you everyone who visits, it really is appreciated!
(Images courtesy of Kosei Tanaka's blog and ALA Boxing)
When we have some free time we're hoping to add a series of fun articles to the site. Hopefully these will be enjoyable little short features