It's great when we get to include multi-fights from a single rivalry in this feature, as it shows the fighters involved were so well matched that they didn't just provide one Closet Classic by fluke, but gave us at least 2 incredible bouts. Sometimes rematches don't end up being as good as the original, but sometimes they are just as good if not better. Today we look at a rematch that, like the bout that proceeded it, delivered something truly amazing.
Myung Woo Yuh (30-0, 11) vs Mario Alberto Demarco (25-3-4, 8) II
In 1985 emerging Korean Myung Woo Yuh announced himself on the world stage by winning the WBA Light Flyweight title with a win over Joey Olivo. In his third defense Yuh had beaten Argentinian challenger Mario Alberto Demarco in a sensational bout, less than a year after his title win. In 1989, with 11 defense of the title behind him, Yuh would again face Demarco. This time Yuh was in his pomp, he was no longer a new champion but a clear top dog in the division and one of champions who had distinguished himself as a very, very hard man to keep up with. Yuh managed to keep the aggression and energy that had seen him win the title, but as he became more experienced he managed to become a bit smarter and more rounded. He was still ultra-aggressive, and incredibly exciting, but more polished than he once was.
Mario Alberto Demarco was a relative unknown outside of Latin American when he first challenged Yuh in 1986. In that bout he proved he was world class. He gave Yuh fits, matching the Korean in terms of output and aggression. It was a huge step up at the time for the Argentinian and he rose to the occasion, losing a very close and competitive bout. Following the loss to Yuh we saw Demarco return to obscure bouts back in Argentina, racking up 5 wins against low level opponents in his homeland. With those wins behind him he had built up some momentum, and was now getting a second shot at Yuh and the WBA Light Flyweight title.
The bout started not with a typical feeling out opening round, but the next round of their rivalry. It was slightly less active than some of the brilliant rounds of their first bout, but it certainly wasn't a quiet opening round. Demarco was pressing, as he had in the first bout, whilst Yuh was showing a respect of Demarco's strength, and used his footwork. With Yuh, being Yuh, it was clear that sooner or later this was going to become a total war and we saw glimpses of that about 2 minutes into the bout, as the tempo stepped up.
Yuh continued trying to box more an exchange less in round 2 but there were again glimpses of thrilling action when he did hold his feet, picked great shots and picked off Demarco as he came forward.
Round by round the action became more intense and it only took until round 3 for a war to break out, and boy did it break out in style as both began to unload leather on the inside. Yuh continued to try and box more at range than Demarco but was finding himself on the inside more and more often, and giving us thrilling exchanges as a result, with a long and thrilling back and forth in round for that had members of the crowd getting to their feet.
From there on the bout developed into a total war. Demarco often refusing to take a backwards step and Yuh letting his shots fly. This was high octane warfare between two men who were made to put on these types of bouts together.
We won't go through a round by round, leaving the fight to be enjoyed by your, but we will mention that this was actually Demarco's final professional bout whilst Yuh would fight on until the early 1990's, with his final bout coming in 1993. By the time he retired Yuh was already an Asian boxing legend, and would later be enshrined in the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
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