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 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