We finish our month of Guts Ishimatsu related music videos as we bring you the adorable Tsuribit, a 5 piece Japanese pop group, and their song "Makenai gattsu 〜 itsuka sekai o tsuriagemasu ", which translates roughly as "Unbeatable Guts-Someday I'll catch up on the world".
The music video starts with Guts doing an office job and from there things get weird as we watch the 5 members of the band, in full cheerleaders get up, dancing, singing and later being joined by Ishimatsu in what goes down as a truly bizarre video.
The juxtaposition of 5 dancing smiling teenage girls and a depressed looking Guts is just a strange, strange image. Add the song on top of that, and you get a very odd experience.
In the final English language version of a fight for the month we look at the rather obscure, but thrilling, 2007 clash between Tadashi Yuba (29-4-2, 1) and Akihiro Furukawa (9-0-1, 7). The two men were battling for the Japanese welterweight title and went straight to war.
This is one of those bouts where you don't want to blink. It's not very long but it is very, very entertaining and well worth the time to watch. The bout isn't a well known one, but is a very intense incredibly exciting.
It seems like June is our month of songs that, in some way, having a connection to former world champion Guts Ishimatsu. We began the month with one he recorded, the second song was one about him and today we bring you a video in which Guts plays a small cameo in.
The song, which translates as "Heaven on the Beach" is performed by Southern All Stars and we get a few glimpses of Guts through the video. He's very a cameo in the video, but it's enough for us to include the video.
Unlike many of the songs we'll include in this this is a really up beat, silly and fun song that we're genuinely recommending. It's cheesy, it's fun, and it's the sort of song that maybe we all need to just enjoy, especially in the dark times we've all been having recently.
Also whilst we're not hugely familiar with Southern All Stars they really do seem a very likable band, and have been regarded as one of the most significant bands in Japanese history.
In late 2018 the criminally under-rated Valentine Hosokawa (26-6-3, 10), the then Japanese national champion at 140lbs, took on the challenge of the highly experienced Takashi Inagaki (20-17-2, 9). Whilst the bout wasn't a high profile one it is one we felt deserved the English language treat, much due to our love of Hosokawa, who has had a really fun career to follow.
The bout might not be a high profile one, but is one that gives fans a chance to learn a little something about Hosokawa who later fought Koki Inoue.
Yuki Suzuki - "ガッツの歌"
For a second week running we're focusing on Guts Ishimatsu, albeit in a very different way. Last week we featured a song Guts recorded whilst this week it's a song by his eldest daughter, Yuki Suzuki, who sings a song about her father.
The song, entitled "ガッツの歌" which is pronounced "Gattsu no uta" and translates literally as "Guts' Song", is one of many songs recorded in Guts' honour but certainly seems a very personal song given who recorded it.
It's not the most exciting of songs or anything like that, but it's simple, tuneful and pretty easy on the ear. In fairness Yuki is a better singer than her father, though of course we all love Guts who is obviously a boxing legend!
We go back to the 1980's for this week's fight that has been given the English language treatment as we cover the IBF Super Flyweight title bout between defending champion Ju Do Chun (15-1-3, 6) and Filipino challenger Diego De Villa (15-12-6, 3).
This isn't a bout we see much mentioned about anywhere online but in reality it was more entertaining than it had any right to be, given the records of the two men, and really did end in eye catching fashion.
"The sun doesn't move" x "Naoya Inoue" Las Vegas 3 group unified match! Special collaboration video
It's fair to say that 2020 has been an terrible year, not just for boxing but for many of us in life in general. One of the big fights we've seen put on the back burner was the highly anticipated Bantamweight unification bout between Naoya Inoue and Johnriel Casimero.
Strangely Warner Brothers in Japan released a collaboration with Inoue to marry up the fight alongside a show on WOWOW.
We're not really sure what the whole plan was but we feel this little video is the sort of thing that should be seen by more eyes. It's simple, odd and we're not really sure what the thinking was behind it, but it's certainly one of the many weird things we've see come out of Japan in recent years.
The name Guts Ishimatsu should be recognisable to every fight fan who follows the history of the sport, with numerous notable opponents during his genuinely successful in ring career. Despite being a talented boxer Ishimatsu has managed to shine in other fields, being a successful actor and "talent".
Here we have a short version of his comedy song "OK Shokudo", which was done with Pocaskajan. The lyrics are very much all in Japanese, and are, from what we understand, all food puns, but regardless of understanding the lyrics or not the song is still fairly catchy...at least the 45 or so seconds of it that we have here are.
It's Wednesday and it's a day for another fight to be clumsily dubbed from non-English into English. This time we're looking at the IBF Flyweight title bout between the then defending champion Pichit Sithbanprachan (16-0, 13) and Korean challenger Kyung Yung Lee (20-2, 8).
This bout took place in the summer of 1993 in Nakhon Sawan and was Pichit's 11th bout in since August 1991. His activity during his pomp really was incredible, though explains why he deteriorated in the way he did.
Some things don't fit in elsewhere on the site so have been put here as a result.