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.
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