There aren't too many fighters who will get multiple mentions in this series, but today's Closet Classic features one man's third entry and one man's second. The bout featured two true action men in the ring and it was clear, as soon as the bout was signed, that we would be getting something special. We would be getting warriors beating lumps out of each other and we would be getting the Wonder Boy and the Tough Boy.
Rex Tso (21-0, 13) Vs Kohei Kono (33-10-1, 14)
Local Hong Kong star Rex Tso seemed to be edging his way towards a world title as we headed into winter 2017. The all action "Wonder Boy" had the backing not just of local promoter DEF Boxing but numerous sponsors, who were all putting money behind Tso to try and get him a shot at the WBO world title. As we entered this bout he had climbed to the verge of a title shot and had wowed fans with thrilling bouts against the likes of Hirofumi Mukai and Ryuto Maekawa. Although not the most polished of fighters Tso was more skilled than people seemed to give him credit for. He just often abandoned his skills to have a fan friendly tear up instead, and often went toe-to-toe with fighters, bringing out the most fun to watch bouts he could. He was an action fighter and at 30 years old it seemed 2018 was going to be the year that he broke into the big time.
The 36 year old Kohei Kono was dubbed the "Tough Boy", he was rugged and had only been stopped once in 34 bouts, by Naoya Inoue. As a 2-time world champion he had proven his ability at the highest level and even at 36 years old he had a great engine, a solid chin and a desire to always give his all. Although not a major star he had a real cult following that had expanded outside of Japan with fans knowing Kono could provide fun bouts, and that was notably shown in the US when he faced off with Koki Kameda in the first ever all-Japanese world title to take place in America. Past his best, and with losses in 2 of his previous 3, he was expected to be too a good name for Tso to get on his record and wasn't expected to have the legs and energy to push the Hong Kong local too hard here.
Straight from the off it was clear Kono had more in the tank than many had anticipated. He was on the front foot straight away and trying to cut the ring down, taking the legs of Tso away and pressing the local star. To his credit Tso shows that he could respond to the pressure by both moving, or fighting fire with fire.
It was the "fighting fire with fire" that we were hoping to see, and as the bout went on, and as Tso's legs began to slow, there was a growing amount of fiery action, hastened in part to a headclash in round 2 that had damaged the eye of Tso. The damage, originally, wasn't too bad but it would later get worse and ended up as a grotesque swelling around the eye.
As the swelling got worse it forced Tso to stand and fight, and also gave Kono a real target to attack. This was where the fight, and action began to go through the gears, with desperation striking both men.
Sadly the ending was rather inconclusive, and left a tarnish to the fight that the action didn't deserve, but what we'd had to get to that point had been enthralling, from the first bell to the last.
Sadly the injury that Tso suffered kept him out of the ring all together for a long stretch of time, before resurfaced as an amateur fighter, and began to try and make his way to the 2020 Olympics. As for Kono he would fight just once more before hanging up the gloves after 46 professional bouts.
We continue with out Closet Classics by travelling back to 1995 and bringing you one of the greatest fights in living memory between two hard punching little men who shared multiple knockdowns. This was a fistic fury at Light Flyweight and was the Ring Magazine Fight of the year, and we suspect the Fight of the Year in the eyes of many who got a real treat, and proof the little men could do special things in the ring.
Saman Sorjaturong (26-2-1, 21) vs Humberto Gonzalez (43-2, 30)
Going in to the bout the 29 year old Humberto Gonzalez was enjoying his third reign as a world champion, having reclaimed his throne in 1994 when he defeated Michael Carbajal for the WBC and IBF titles, avenging a 1993 loss. The Mexican was a little genius in the ring and was happy to prove it against all comers. He had travelled to Korea to beat Yul Woo Lee for his first title, and returned to Asia to defend it against Jung Koo Chang, he had then gone on to face the likes of Rolando Pascua, Kwang Sun Kim, Napa Kiatwanchai and Michael Carbajal, twice. Although a very solid puncher Gonzalez had been stopped in both of his losses up to this point.
At this point in time Thailand's Saman Sorjaturong was very obscure. His only bout of note was a 1993 loss to Ricardo Lopez, in what was his only previous bout outside of Thailand. Travelling to LA to face Gonzalez in just his second bout was a huge ask, especially given the Mexican's reputation as a puncher. Aged just 24 this was his potential to become a star and completely change his career. He knew he wasn't there as the favourite, but with 21 stoppage wins in 29 fights he also knew he had the power to be dangerous, and the dynamite to drop Gonzalez, who had been dropped several times during his thrilling career.
From the off both men tried to figure the other out, and by the end of the opening round both were beginning to let bombs go. In the second round the tempo picked up, with Gonzalez being dropped, but he recovered well and responded quickly, firing shots back at Saman soon after getting back to his feet. The Thai realised the Mexican was dangerous and got on the backfoot, being smart and avoiding a tear up, for now. It didn't take long however for Gonzalez's power to pay off and as the bout went on he dragged Saman into a toe to toe war, dropping the Thai twice as the bout intensified.
From there we ended up with something truly spectacular, a war for the ages with Gonzalez's pressure forcing Saman into a special type of fight. This was thrilling, this was intense and this had twists and turns to make an instant classic. This is one that every fight fan should watch, and well deserving of the Fight of the Year accolades it got.
There are certain fighters that we always looked forward to seeing, knowing that they consistently delivered great bouts. When we got two of those matched up together we knew to expect something special and in 2018 we got something just like that when, one August evening, we had a massively over-looked All Japanese thriller at Korakuen Hall.
Akira Yaegashi (26-6, 14) Vs Hirofumi Mukai (16-5-3, 6)
In one corner was former 3-weight world champion Akira Yaegashi, a man that had a cult following in the West and a huge fan base in Japan. Yaegashi had given us so many thrilling fighters though his career that we knew if he was in the ring we were in for something exciting. His bouts with the likes of Pornsawan Porpramook and Kazuto Ioka had been absolute thrillers and even Yaegashi's "duller" bouts were more exciting than the most exciting bouts of many other fighters. Come 2018 Yaegashi was clearly not the fighter he had once been, but was still on the hunt for one more world title fight, in the hope of becoming a 4-weight champion.
In the opposite corner to Yaegashi was former amateur standout Hirofumi Mukai, who had twice challenged for world titles in Thailand. Mukai had once shown a lot of promise, and had beaten Sonny Boy Jaro very early in his career, but by 2018 his career was really not going upwards. Instead he was relying more on his heart and toughness than the skills he'd developed as an amateur. That gritty determination had seen him put on an instant classic in 2017, with Rex Tso, and after 3 easy wins he then took on Yaegashi in a bout that was a must win for both.
The loser of this was going to be in their 30's and really would have a lot of rebuilding to do. Both had suffered numerous losses, by stoppage, and both were starting to take a lot of accumulated punishment. In their prime Yaegashi would have been expected to over-come even the best Mukai, but at 35 years old, and just 15 months removed from an opening round loss to Milan Melindo it was unclear what either man had left in the tank.
What we ended up getting was the sight of two men fighting for their careers. Two men putting it all on the line and two men who knew what the bout meant. This wasn't a fight where either man was going to keep something in reserve, but instead a bout where they both had to big deep, and both took serious punishment.
Early on Mukai tried to establish range, behind his footwork, reach and southpaw stance. Yaegashi wasn't having it and was repeatedly marching forward, looking to get inside and draw Mukai into a war. By the round of round 2 Yaegashi was getting closer and closer to getting Mukai to respond up close and it seemed a matter of time before the touch paper was going to be lit and begin to see both firing...and that was done in round 3, as Mukai realised Yaegashi wasn't going to back off. From there on we began to see a classic unfold in front of our eyes.
The bout reached its peak in round 6, a true round of the year contender, with both men being badly damaged and shaken during 3 punishing minutes that saw fans wonder how much the two could take. Yet the bout went on.
This might not have had a world title on the line, but it had two men willing to give their all, and two men who really did everything they could in a legitimate modern day closet classic.
There aren't many Closet Classics that we could legitimately describe as one-sided pastings but in 2013 we had such oddity in a bout that was just incredible, despite being incredibly one sided.It was the heart and determination of one incredibly tough and brave guy up against the power and speed of another, in a bout that was nothing short of compelling. This was an insane bout, but one that everyone who saw it will remember for a long time!
Nihito Arakawa (24-2-1, 16) vs Omar Figueroa Jr (21-0-1, 17)
Japan's Nihito Arakawa was a relative unknown. Promoted by the Hachioji Nakaya boxing gym he was known among the hardcore Japanese fans but wasn't really a star. He had spent much of his career, up to this, fighting at home and although he had won both the OPBF and Japanese titles he wasn't someone spoken about as being a future world champion. He was rugged, tough, with a good engine, but that was about the best that could be said of his ability. He was fun to watch, but wins against the likes of Yoshitaka Kato, Akihiro Kondo and Takehiro Shimada were about as good as it got. Aged 31 at this point he was seen as a lamb to the slaughter.
Omar Figueroa Jr, at this point better known than his sister, was a rising star of American boxing. He was unbeaten, aggressive, hard hitting, and a destructive ball of fury with 4 opening rounds wins in his previous 5 bouts. Although still fundamentally quite raw he was just blasting through opponent and creating a reputation as one of the most promising young Americans at the time. As Mauro Ranallo, commentating for Showtime, described him, "a star on the rise". Despite blotting his record in 2010, with a draw against Arturo Quintero, Figueroa had become a real must watch fighter and wins over Michael Perez and Abner Cotto had done much to enhance his reputation as TV friendly slugger.
Figueroa started exactly as we'd all expected, and was letting bombs go just seconds into the bout. Arakawa responded by trying to fight fire with fire. It seemed a stupid tactic from Arakawa, who took some heavy leather early on and was dropped in round 2. Arakawa took his lumps however and fought toe to toe with the American.
As the fight went on the toughness of Arakawa became more and more impressive as the two continued to trade bombs through out. As the bout went on the momentum began to shift, as Figueroa's engine began to be tested, and his hands began shown signs of being damaged.
It seemed that the gameplan for Arakawa was to come on stronger, in the later rounds and that made things incredibly interesting later on in what was an instant classic.
If you've seen this one it's worth watching once again. If you've not seen it it's well and truly worth your time! With SHOSTATS showing more than 2000 punches thrown between the two men, this was an incredible war! One sided overall but still incredible!
The Japan Vs Mexico rivalry has given us some incredible fights over the years and today we look at one of those fights for this week's Closet Classic, and this may go down as one of the most over-looked fights in that great rivalry. Despite the fact it's a relatively knew fight and was a sensational war, taking place only a few years ago in 2013. This fight saw knockdowns being traded, power shots thrown and an absolutely incredibly amount of punishment being handed out.
Takashi Miura (25-2-2, 19) vs Sergio Thompson (27-2, 25)
Japan's Takashi Miura had won the WBC Super Featherweight title in April 2013, battering Gamaliel Diaz into submission in 9 rounds. Miura hadn't impressed as a boxer, losing a number of rounds to Diaz, but his power was a difference maker. He had dropped Diaz in rounds 3,6,7 and 9 to secure his victory. Prior to winning the title Miura had been best known for his 2011 bout with WBA champion Takashi Uchiyama, dropping Uchiyama before being stopped himself, and the one thing that was clear, through his career, was that Miura could punch. Going into this bout that power was seen as being his key, as getting a decision on the road is never easy.
Mexican fighter Sergio "Yeyo" Thompson was a relative unknown outside of Mexico, until 2012, when he upset Jorge Linares. That was his big break out win and he followed it up with 5 straight stoppages in the 14 months that followed, leading him to his world title shot with Miura. Although not well known it was clear that Thompson could punch. He stopping people left, right and centre and was unbeaten since a split decision in September 2010 against Alisher Rakhimov, since which he had gone 13-0 (12). Coming into the fight with Miura the Mexican puncher was 29, and it really seemed like it was now or never. A loss here and there was a chance he was never going to get another world title bout, especially with his 30th birthday just a few weeks away.
From the very round round it was clear than neither man wanted to hear the final bell, in fact that should have been obvious before even a punch was thrown. Despite that neither man wanted to take too many risks, and they were both looking for the angle and position to land their power shots. They were both stood at mid range, looking to land their hooks. It seemed "Yeyo" did enough to take a relative quiet opening round, but it wasn't long until the touch paper was lit in round 2 and bombs started to be landed by both men, with Thompson being dropped part way through the round. It was the first of 3 knockdowns between the men who really tried to crack through each others chins.
This wasn't an all action war, though was high action, and got better and better as the fight went on. The deliberate early pace, that built to a growing crescendo made for an edge of the seat spectacle, and it had a continual feeling that a single punch, from either, would be the undoing of the other man. Jabs were almost non-existent, with hooks, crosses, uppercuts being the order of the day.
This was war, this was action, this was brilliant!
Today we return to the 1990's for a memorable Closet Classic that won the Japanese fight of the year award, and saw a rivalry come to an end with two men clashing, years after they were originally supposed to face off. The bout pit the first true Russian professional boxing star against one of the man tipped to be a Japanese star, and the bout delivered an instant classic, that is now, more than 20 years on, still remembered well by Japanese fans from the era.
Yuri Arbachakov (22-0, 15) vs Puma Toguchi (18-2, 15)
In one corner was the then WBC Flyweight champion Yuri Arbachakov, a Russian born fighter who was based in Japan, where he had essentially been based his entire career. He was a technically brilliant boxer-puncher, combining sensational skills, polished in a long and successful amateur career, with naturally heavy hands, a solid chin and a totally relaxed in ring persona. He was one of two fighters from the former USSR that Kyoei had guided to a world title and wasn't looking to give it up, in fact this was his 9 defence since winning the belt in 1992.
Puma Toguchi, who actually fought under his birth name of Takato Toguchi for this particular bout, was regarded as one of 3 potential Japanese stars at the turn of the 1990's. He, along with Joichit Tatsuyoshi and Katsuya Onizuka, were seen as the trio to watch in Japan. Sadly Toguchi was, unlike the other two, very hard to handle and had had issues with his team in the early 1990's. Those issues had seen him lose the Japanese Flyweight title in 1991, cancelling a scheduled bout with Arbachakov as a result, and had seen him out of the ring for over 2 years as a result. Although a fantastic talent, with heavy hands he was seen as being a clear under-dog here.
With the issues of their cancelled 1991 fight acting as a back drop the two were expected to put on something special when they finally clashed on August 26th 1996. Rather than Toguchi defending the national title, as was the case when the bout was first supposed to take place, this was now a world title fight, and the two men fought as if the belt meant everything.
The first round was a quiet one, with both looking to see what the other hand. From there on however they both began to go through the gears, landing some huge shots, trading blows when they had to. Arbachakov, the better pure boxer, applied constant, heavy pressure, boxing well behind his jab, whilst Toguchi looked to find holes with counters, exploiting the text book approach of Arbachakov.
For those hoping for an all out war, this wasn't that. Instead it was a very well fought boxing contest, with both men having moments, and both fighting through adversity, with Arbachakov badly damaging his right hand which caused him serious issues the rest of his career.
Sadly after this bout neither man really had much success. Arbachakov, who wanted to retire after this win, fought on and suffered a loss to a man he had already beat, whilst Toguchi went 5-1 before retiring, and has suffered with Dementia Pugilistica in recent years.
We really don't get many all-Thai closet classics, mostly because Thai fighters, at least top ones, don't face each other. Thai's tend to make for good fights with Japanese, Mexican and Filipino foes, but rarely fellow Thai's. Today however we bring you one of the best all-Thai world title fight in recent years in our latest Closet Classic, and it really is a sensational fight.
Pongsaklek Wonjongkam (76-3-1, 39) vs Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (14-3-1, 4)
In March 2010 Pongsaklek Wonjongkam became a 2-time WBC Flyweight world champion, thanks to an upset win in Japan over Koki Kameda. In July he had blown away Rey Megrino in a none-title bout, in what as Pongsaklek's 80th professional bout, before having his first defense of his second reign. By now he was 33, he had been a professional since 1994 and was a fighter with hundreds of rounds behind him. He wasn't close to his prime, but the win over Kameda showed there was a lot of life in the legs of the legendary southpaw.
Suriyan on the other hand was a relative unknown. He was 21 at the time of this bout and although he was on a 6 fight winning streak none of those wins had come against anyone of any note and he had done absolutely nothing to get a world title fight, but stepped up to the plate and proved in the bout that he was world class. As we all know Suriyan would later go on to become a world champion at Super Flyweight and a stand out contender at Bantamweight, giving the likes of Shinsuke Yamanaka absolute fits later in his career. This was, in many ways, his chance to make a name for himself, and that's exactly what he did.
To begin with Pongsaklek took center ring, looking to use his experience against the younger, less knowledgeable fighter. Despite being on the outside Suriyan used his speed, his movement and his energy to box excellently. The champion continued to press in the early stages, but struggled to land clean as Suriyan moved excellently, slipped, slid and and looked incredibly mature for a fighter taking such a huge step up in class.
As the bout went on Pongsaklek managed to find his range and get some success, building some momentum against his fleet footed and sharp punching foe. The success was there for the champion, but it was relatively limited as Suriyan continued to show case skills that weren't expected from him. As we went into the middle both men began to let their hands go more, standing in center ring. This wasn't a war, yet, but was incredible, high tempo, smart boxing from both. Both looked to gain the advantage, both looked for openings, and both tried to make things happen by finding their distance. It was Pongsaklek who began to land the more eye catching blows, particularly good short shots when Suriyan came inside and good body shots.
Although much of the contest had been boxing, the later rounds took a turn, with Suriyan applying more pressure and round 10 was just a high skilled, inside war, with brutal shots from both.This was what we had built to, and this was a perfect way for both men to show who was the better man. Seriously the bout turned from great boxing to a great war and this was an instant closet classic!
Treat yourself to a rare, thrilling all Thai war here!
It's a new year but the Closet Classic's continue coming and today we bring you a fun little brawl from Australia, where a Korean puncher took on a teak tough Aussie in what was a short but very fun bout. The Korean came in full of confidence and a punchers reputation but was the under against a tough, fit and very strong Australian who was a very, very clear betting favourite. Despite being the under-dog, the visitor was there to win!
Jin Shik Choi (17-1, 15) Vs Barry Michael (45-8-3, 13)
The 25 year old Jin Shik Choi was an unknown outside of Asia and really even in Asia he wasn't a star, with all of his bouts to this point taking place in his homeland. The one real bout of note for him was his loss, a 12th round TKO loss to Filipino Rod Sequenan, in a bout for the OPBF Super Featherweight title. Choi had bounced back from that loss, with 8 wins, but all of those were in Seoul and against mostly limited opposition.
Barry Michael on the other hand was a 30 year old who was originally from the UK but was very much an Australian who had unified the Australian and Commonwealth Lightweight titles. In 1985 he beat Lester Ellis for the IBF Super Featherweight and here he was making his first defense of the title, in what was his 47th professional bout. He wasn't known for his technical ability, but was incredibly hard working, with amazing stamina and work rate, and a real will to win. He could be out boxed, but that wasn't easy for anyone thanks to his incredible engine, and he had gone 18-1-2 in his previous 21 bouts,
Given Michael's busy style and the Korean mentality of Choi we should have expected something fan friendly, and that's exactly what we got!
From the first opening moments the men looked to find ring position, and within about 30 seconds the Korean went through the gears, throwing hooks and getting inside. Michael originally seemed to try and box his way through the storm before deciding to put Choi on the back foot and from there on we had both men throwing bombs, taking it in turns to let their hands go and test the resolve of the other. The technical skills of Barry saw him landing the more consistent blows but Choi repeatedly came back and seemed to land the bigger single shots in what was a fantastic opening round. The pace didn't slow down in the second as both continued to unleash a high volume of shots on the inside, and Barry seemed shaken at one point before composing himself and getting back to work.
We won't go any further with the break down, though this is very much worth a watch and is a true battle of wills with a lot of leather traded!
We have regularly spoke about the number of Japanese Middleweight title bouts that have ended up being thrillers. In fact we genuinely think it's the title that gives us amazing battles more consistently than any other title. The bouts might not be the best from a technical stand point but time, and time again they deliver incredible action between well matched fighters who really do fight for the belt. Today we bring you another bout for that title, and like others for the title, it was a thriller. Maybe not one of the very best, but it's in the chasing pack, and is really worthy of the 40 or so minutes it takes to enjoy.
Hikaru Nishida (15-8-1, 7) vs Tomohiro Ebisu (17-4, 17)
In one corner was Japanese champion Hikaru Nishida, a teak tough pressure fighter who was technically flawed but a bull. He could be out boxed, and was just a fight earlier in an OPBF title fight against Dwight Ritchie, but if you let him close the distance he was a nightmare to fight. As well as his toughness and incessant pressure he really excelled in terms of stamina, and seemed to get stronger in the middle and later rounds of bouts, taking advantage of opponents as they grew tired. We had seen the stamina and physicality of Nishida work well against the likes of Makoto Fuchigami and Akio Shibata and he had proven to be a really horrible fighter to go up against.
It's worth noting that whilst Nishida's record had 8 losses in 24 bouts he was once 4-5-1 (1) and had really rebuilt from a poor start whilst taking notable wins over the likes of Nishida, Fuchigami, Kazuhiko Hidaka and future OPBF champion Ratchasi Sithsaithong.
Ebisu on the other hand was seen as a glass cannon. His power was devastating, but his chin was a major issue, and none of his 21 bouts coming into this one had gone the distance, in fact 15 of his 21 bouts had finished in the first 4 rounds, including 3 of his 4 losses. Although he was a huge puncher, he had thudding power that shakes fighters to their core rather than knocked them out clean, and he lacked the speed to catch many fighters on the chin. Despite his flaws Ebisu was a fun, talented boxer-puncher and had managed to win the Japanese middleweight title in 2013, with a win over Sanosuke Sasaki, though it was a short reign and he did lose it in his first defense.
Coming into this Ebisu was the interim champion, following a win over Makoto Fuchigami in a 2016 Japanese Fight of the Year contender. That interim title had actually come about after Nishida was forced to pull out of a third bout with Fuchigami after suffering an injury in a freak accident and this bout was set to unify the two titles.
Within 90 seconds of the bout starting we had started to get what we were expecting. We were seeing Nishida pressing with real intensity and Ebisu landing heavy shots to the head an body of Nishida. Nishida managed to walk through the big shots in the opening few rounds and made Ebisu begin to stand his ground. When that happened we got fire works with the two trading bombs on the inside trying to take each other out some monstrous shots. Both were testing the other's resolve and it was clear, after just a few rounds, we were set for another Japanese Middleweight title war.
This wasn't pretty, but it was violent and got more, and more violent as the fight went on their footwork began to slow and they were spending more time at mid and close range.
Whilst we describe ourselves as boxing fans we all love seeing fighters who come to fight, rather than "box". They tend to be the guys, and girls, who make for great fights, dramatic contests, action brawls and in ring wars. They aren't always the most skilled people in the sport, but they constantly provide the most entertainment and are the people we would describe as being must watch. If you want to attract new fans into the sport you're always best off showing them fighters to begin with, rather than boxers. Today we delve into the closet to bring you a fight featuring one of Hong Kong's greatest fighters in a modern day Closet Classic.
Rex Tso (20-0, 12) vs Hirofumi Mukai (13-4-3, 3)
The Hong Kong fighter in question is Rex Tso, who consistently provided action and was the face of the Hong Kong scene thanks to his combination of thrilling in ring style, toughness, energy and charisma. The "Wonder Boy" was never the most polished of fighters, or the biggest of punchers, but what he was was a thrill a minute warrior who provided several FOTY contenders in a short but memorable career. Sadly he decided to go back to the amateurs when on the verge of a world title fight, though there is still some hope he return to the professional ranks one day.
The opponent for Tso in this particularly bout was Japan's Hirofumi Mukai. The talented Mukai was much more polished than Tso, and was a very talented amateur, but after turning professional he struggled to adapt to the professional scene. His lack of power was always an issue, and instead of being a dangerous guy in the ring he was often relying more on his heart and determination rather than his power. He would twice fight for world titles, facing Pongsaklek Wonjongkam and Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, and prove his toughness, but he never looked like a world champion in the making. The best he managed was winning the WBO Asia Pacific Super Flyweight title, twice.
With Tso in action we knew to tune in and expect fireworks. Those fires were set off almost immediately with Tso pressing the fight and trying to drag Tso into a war. Mukai tried to avoid it but the pressure of Tso just built and built, forcing Mukai to fight back. A head clash part way through the first round saw Mukai suffer a cut over his left eye and be taken to the doctor in the first round, and he was dropped in round 2.
It was after that knockdown that the pace increased, with Mukai changing tactics. Rather than trying to avoid a fight, something that hadn't worked in the first round a bit, he decided to fight fire with fire. This gave us some crazy, wild and truly sensational action as both fighters tried to break the heart of the other. It was Tso's power against Mukai's toughness, Tso's front foot aggression against Mukai's blistering combinations and counters. This was all action, with both fighters throwing long flurries, trading combinations and putting on a show for the fans.
Tso and Mukai may never have hit the heights they had hoped for, but with this bout they gave us something that really hit the spot!
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