One of the great things about Japan is the sheer number of boxing related anime's and manga's. Whilst it's not something we're massively glued up on, preferring to follow the real sport than the fiction related to it, the depth of boxing fiction in Japan is rich and deep.
One of the many great series is the "Ashita No Joe" series, also known as "Tomorrow's Joe".
For the 1980 "Tomorrow's Joe" movie we saw Takeshi Obo's track "Beautiful Wolves" used as the theme tune.
For those familiar with the animated series this will be a very familiar track. For those who don't follow it, like ourselves, this is a nice little music treat and a chance to enjoy some 1970's Japanese pop music.
This weeks boxing related song is a bit of an oddity as we couldn't find an official music video of the song, which we suspect would have contained some boxing related footage, but we have come across as a live performance.
The track is recorded by Masahiko Kondo, aka "Matchy", who is a man with his fingers in numerous pies, from singing to being a former racing car driver, an actor and a racing car manager.
In 2005 he released his first new single in 7 years, "Challenger", and it's a song that has more than a passing reference to boxing in it. From a translation of the lyrics it appears to tell the tale of a young aspiring boxer picking up the sport to reaching higher heights.
A bit of an oddity, but certainly a more enjoyable track than "Uppercut" was last week.
Sadly this week's boxing related music video doesn't feature a fighter, or a very good song, but it does feature a song related to boxing, named after a a type of punch and with a video taking place in the boxing ring. Good enough for us.
The band here are the Up Up Girls, who given the sound of this song we didn't even both learning anything else about. The song is "Uppercut" and if we're being totally honest it's not our thing at all. We're not sure what they are talking about but it looks like they are having fun...more than the listeners that's for sure.
We're sure someone reading this will enjoy this more than some of the songs recorded by some of the boxers, but we're being honest when we suggest this is one of those songs you might listen to once and then need a palette cleanser...just be wary it's definitely got the feeling that it could become an "ear worm" song
A new month is here and we get to share another music video featuring a boxer, or rather a video video featuring two boxers. Albeit in two very small, blink and you miss them, moments.
The artist here is the brilliant Yuna Shishido, better known as Kavka Shishido, who's song "Kiken na Futari", which translates as "Two People", features two boxers.
A the beginning of the video both Tadashi Yuba and Kohei Kono are featured having an under-ground fight well before the music kicks in properly.
It's not the best example of using boxers in a music video, but it is a damn good track and broke into the top 65 in the Oricon Singles Chart.
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