Not every bout we cover on Closet Classics will be an historic bout of the highest significance, and we're sure our regular readers will be well aware of that by now, so with that in mind we want to share a relatively low key, but thoroughly action packed bout from 2008. A bout that was little more than an incredible shoot out, and had intense, but short lived, action, with both men trying to behead the other from the opening bell. This Closet Classic is boxing's equivalent of wanting to get, ahem, shit faced for the night and not caring too much about the consequences of the drinks you're throwing down your throat.
Akinori Watanabe (16-1, 15) Vs Tsuyoshi Kamiishi (8-6-3, 6)
Coming in to the fight Akinori Watanabe was seen as a huge puncher on the Japanese scene. The 22 year old had only been beaten once, in a Japanese Welterweight title fight to Tadashi Yuba. He was looking to bounce back from that loss in a bout against Kamiishi, who looked like a limited opponent on paper and to score his 16th win. During his first 17 bouts he had already scored scored 15 straight knockouts, between going the distance for a win on his debut and the loss to Yuba, with 8 in the opening round. When he got in the ring we knew dynamite would be thrown.
As for Kamiishi he was a limited fighter, but someone who rarely seemed to hear the bell. He had scored 6 KO's from his 8 wins, including 3 in the opening round, but also suffered 3 opening round losses himself from his 6 losses, 4 of which had been stoppages. He came for the knockouts, and win or lose he was always looking for a short night, making him a must watch fighter.
Given the fact both men seemed to be offended by the bell, we knew we were in for something special here.
From the opening seconds Kamiishi was on the front foot, pressing Watanabe who tried to dissuade his foe with power shots. Kamishii seemed hurt about 30 seconds in but never looked back and began to push his man once again, looking to get inside. When he did that all hell broke loose with Watanabe hurting hurting him, hunting him and then we got incredible fireworks with both being hurt.
This was a 2 and a half minute shoot out, and for the modern age this is a bout worth every second.
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