One of the best things about boxing is just how global it is. In few other sports will we see two men from totally different continents battle it out for victory on a third continent. Today we look at a bout that really does show the global appeal of the sport, as a we see a Thai fighter battle with a Panamanian in the US. More notably the video we're using is from Thai TV. Whilst the global appeal of the fight is interest the bout it's self is something special, with both men being dropped in a brutal, thrilling and action packed war!
Yodsanan Sor Nanthachai (44-2-1, 36) Vs Vicente Mosquera (20-1-1, 10)
Yodsanan Sor Nanthachai, dubbed the "Thai Tyson", was a strong and aggressive Super Featherweight who had won the WBA Super Featherweight title in 2002 with a win over Lakva Sim. Whilst there is a debate over whether he deserved the victory or not he had managed to score defenses since winning the belt making his international debut in his second defense before making his US debut 6 months later. He returned to the Us for his 4th defense 8 months later. Coming into this bout bout Yodsanan had been unbeaten in well over 30 bouts and for over a decade! Given his style any bout featuring Yodsanan had the potential to be action packed, though, they also had the potential to be over very quickly.
In the opposite corner to the destructive Thai was Panama's Vicente Mosquera. Dubbed "El Loco" Mosquera was fighting in his first world title bout and was fighting outside of Panama for just the second time in his 22 bout career. Up to this point he had had just 2 set backs, both coming against Armando Cordoba, who he had a draw against in January 2000 and a narrow loss to March 2000. He had racked up 9 wins following that loss, including wins over Ali Oubaali, the brother of Nordine Oubaali, and future world title challenger Roinet Caballero. Come in he had been in good form, but little suggested he was going to be part of something special.
From the opening moments it was clear we were going to be getting something thrilling as Yodsanan began to pressure the man from Panama, there was no real feeling out process and instead both were throwing heavy leather within the first minute. Around 50 seconds in Yodsanana's legs seemed to buckle and although he recovered he seemed be feeling the effects of Mosquera's shots more than expected, especially given how he had gotten taken huge shots from Sim. Within the final 30 seconds of the round the Thai was forced to touch down for the first of the bouts knockdowns.
In round 3 the fight came alive with a lot more drama as Mosquera was dropped, for the first time in his career, then he came back and dropped Yodsanan later in the same round, in what was an insane 3 minutes of wild, crazy action.
As the fight went on the drama began to subside a little, but the action didn't with both men regularly connecting with massive shots, rocking each other in a crazy fight that saw both men needing to withstand serious punishment. Mosquera, the better boxer, seemed the more comfortable and the more natural, but the power of the Thai always posed a threat to the challenger, who knew he had to be wary.
We had more drama late, with another knockdown in round 11, the most significant of the ones from the bout.
You've never seen this one, this is an insane battle of toughness, heart, desire, action and drama.
Had it not been for the insane first bout between Diego Corrales and Jose Luis Castillo that took place around a week later, this would have been remembered as something special. Sadly however it was easily forgotten following one of the greatest fights in history.
When you have two fighters known for their exciting styles, which mix aggression, power and scary toughness, face off we tend to expect a special type of fight. Today we look at once such fight from the early part of this century, and this really was a properly brutal war that saw the fighter landing heavy leather through, in what turned out to be an instant classic. Despite being an instant classic it's one we suspect most fans haven't actually seen, making it a perfect fight for this series.
Yodsanan Sor Nanthachai (37-2-1, 31) vs Lakva Sim (16-2-1, 13)
Thailand's Theera Phongwan went by a number of names, such as Yodsanan 3-K Battery, which he was called in this fight, and Yodsanan Sor Nanthachai. No matter what name he was using he was always an aggressive, hungry fighter who came forward and looked to take the heads off of his opponents. Due to his style and power he was dubbed the "Thai Tyson" on his rise through the ranks. He had suffered a couple of early set backs, losing twice in his first 10 bouts, before reeling off a long unbeaten run to earn a shot at the WBA title. In many ways he was the Srisaket Sor Rungvisai of his era, a hard hitting southpaw from Si Sa Ket. Like Srisaket, Yodsanan also got his shot on the back of his destructive run, rather than the level of his competition.
Lakva Sim on the other hand a 30 year old Mongolian who had won the WBA Super Featherweight title in 1999 when he beat him and broke down popular Japanese star Takanori Hatakeyama. His reign was a short one, losing the title in controversial fashion to Jong Kwon Baek, but he was owed a second shot due to the controversy of the loss. He had racked up 5 straight wins following his title loss, and had looked destructive against the likes of Hidekazu Matsunobu. Although he was getting on Sim was still very highly regarded for his power, aggression, toughness and thrilling style. He had been unlucky in both losses, both split decision defeats in South Korea to more experienced fighters, and had given everyone he had faced absolute fits with his all out aggression.
Given the fact both men had similar hard hitting styles it's fair to expect this to be a war, and it really lives up to the expectations.
From the opening round both men were finding themselves in range, and both were finding themselves launching some huge bombs, with Sim often forcing Yodsanan on to the back foot and catching him with hard short right hands up top. The Thai responded in kind with some big left hands and nasty body shots. By the end of the first round we were already seeing both men needing to prove their toughness. Things then ramped up a gear in round 2 as both men had moments where their power and aggression forced the other backwards.
With the sun beaming down on the two men, in an outdoor event in Thailand, we would have expected the bout to slow down, a lot, but instead the pace remained hot. The heat and humidity seemed to take their foot work and movement away, rather than their output, and both men continued landing huge head shots and wicked body shots.
Even when the pace did, eventually slow, it seemed that we still had a lot of brilliant back and forth action with Sim the one forcing the pace, with his pressure. Yodsanan, who should have been the man more adapt with the Thai conditions, seemed to be the one flagging more, but even then he still had real bursts of activity and huge power shots in what was a genuine test of both men's toughness and mental fortitude.
We don't think many fans will have seen this punishing war, but really if you're reading this, you owe it to yourself to get 50 minutes of free and watch this all heavy handed, bombs away thriller from 2002!
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