When we talk about the greatest ever fights on British soil 2 of them actually feature a Korean, and they took place in the space of just a 6 of months back in the early 00's. The fights, which both took place in the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, were both stupidly violent, exciting and action packed bouts that saw both men putting it all on the line with a high intensity all action war. Here we look at the first of those two bouts, which pitted two real tough guys against each other in a bout for the vacant WBC Featherweight title.
In Jin Chi (27-2, 16) vs Michael Brodie (35-1, 23) I
Korean Warrior Chi was a relative unknown outside of Asia until 2001, when travelled to LA and battled Erik Morales for the WBC Featherweight title. It was only the second time Chi had left Korea and was his first loss in almost a decade, following a decision defeat on debut in 1991. Against Morales Chi proved himself as an insanely tough fighter who was unable to outbox Morales, but gave the Mexican great questions at times with his aggression and toughness. Through his 29 fight career up to this point he had won the Korea and OPBF Bantamweight titles, beating Jess Maca twice and holding other notable wins over the likes of Dino Olivetti and Samuel Duran.
Brodie on the other hand was a once beaten English fighter who was part of a rising boxing scene in the North West of England, with the likes of Ricky Hatton, Anthony Farnell and Michael Gomez, themselves dubbed the 3-amigos by some all coming through in the wake of Brodie's rise. To this point Brodie's only loss was had been a majority decision to Willie Jorrin in a bout for the WBC Super Bantamweight title, a loss that pretty much ended his days at 1222lbs and forced him up to Featherweight. Like Chi he was a tough guy, but he was technically a better boxer with smoother movement and had taken the British, Commonwealth and European titles at Super Bantamweight prior to facing Jorrin. Although a better pure boxer he was happy to engage in a war and that made for an interesting style clash with Chi.
After just a few seconds the fighters clashed heads. It was a hard clash, though saw no major injury to either, with Chi just needing a few seconds to recover. From then out the became a war, inside war of machismo, fire and desire, Chi got the better of it in round 2, dropping Brodie, who recovered and came back hard on Chi, really taking the fight to the Korean in round 3 and pinning him against the ropes, then Chi came back.
From then we got unadulterated violence with Brodie trying to break every rib in Chi's body with a sustained body attack whilst Chi soaked it up and responded with head shots, swelling the face of Brodie. It was a hard, hard man's fight, and one of those that takes a lasting toll on both men. The volume of hard, clean connects was through the rough and the bout swung one way then the other, with Brodie having a great run in the middle rounds, though had given a lot of effort with his body attack which hadn't been able to break down the Korean.
The bout was also well remembered for various controversial issues with the scoring, a fight almost breaking out between officials and promoters, and for the controversial nature resulting in their thrilling rematch 6 months later.
This is just an incredible fight and well worth watching if you're after some mindless violence!
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