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!
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