Anna: Khaokor, Khaosai
Somewhere in the weird world that we live in a Thai singer, who is credited as Anna, or Anna Curry, recorded this masterpiece of comedy.
The song "Khaokor, Khaosai", which is presumably dedicated to the Khaokor Galaxy and Khaosai Galaxy, is less than 2 minutes long, and we don't really know what she's saying but the video for the track is absolute gold and one of the best things we have seen in a very, very long time.
Imagine Peter Gabriel's legendary "Sledgehammer" music video, with worse production values and a lot of magic mushrooms.
We're not going to guess the lyrics on this song we implore you to give the video a watch, it's so fun, enjoyable and silly.
We continue this series of covering Asian fights with English dubs by looking at a 2005 bout between future 2-weight world champion Takahiro Ao (8-0, 5) and Korean fighter Jae Choon Moon (6-0, 3). This bout took place in Kanagawa, as part of a card that featured two world title bouts, with both Yutaka Niida and Hozumi Hasegawa picking up wins.
Despite Ao becoming a future world champion, he wasn't known as being a really fighter to watch. Despite that this is one of those bouts that showed he can be fun, at least he could be fun, at times.
Khaosai Galaxy - "Thank You"
Recently we've shared a few videos of songs that have some connection with boxing but not an an actual fighter being involved. That changes today as we turn to Thailand and the legendary Khaosai Galaxy, and his song "ขอบคุณครับ", pronounced k̄hxbkhuṇ khrạb". The name literally translates as "Thank You".
Given that Galaxy was a notoriously heavy handed boxer with a tough chin and was dubbed the "Thai Tyson" this song is pretty odd. The song is just pure, wonderful, unadulterated, cheese.
Khaosai sounds less like a feared boxer and more like a rising male child star.
This is...certainly a weird one...but one well and truly worthy of a listen. It's so odd to hear this sort of a song come from Khaosai.
In May 2005 Takashi Uchiyama (0-0) made his professional debut, fighting at Korakuen Hall against Thai visitor Chandet Sithramkamhaeng (0-1). The bout isn't a very high profile one, but is one we felt deserved our attempt at giving the fight some English Language commentary.
The bout is a short one but a great way to see how Uchiyama kicked off his legendary career that ended up with him having a lengthy reign as the WBA Super Featherweight champion.
Interestingly the one fight on Chandet's record prior to this bout had come against Pungluang Sor Singyu, who also went on to become a world champion.
Yamaarashi - "Boxer's Road"
For the second week running we're not getting a music video with any actual boxer's in it, but instead "Boxer" in the title with Yamaarashi's hard rock "Boxer's Road".
With the title being in English, and being repeated numerous times, we can't deny the song's links to boxing but it's actually a song we suspect will have more of an appeal with American rock fans than many other tracks we include here.
Fans of bands like Disturbed, System of a Down or even Limp Bizkit are likely to enjoy this one. As Yamaarashi combine rock and rap in a really interesting track.
Don't get us wrong this wasn't what we were looking for for this section but given we've actually enjoyed the song we felt it was a worth inclusion in this rather eclectic weekly addition to the site.
Next week we promise we will bee back to normal service with a music video featuring a boxer, or a song sung by a boxer!
The latest fight to be given our English language treatment is the 1972 bout between Koichi Wajima (24-2, 21) and Domenico Tiberia (63-17-7, 16), which was for the undisputed Light Middleweight title.
The bout was Wajima's first defense and although he was a champion his fame was only just starting to take off. Over the years that followed he went from strength to strength and by 1974 he was a real star, with a huge following of fans .
Whilst not a well known fight now, and it did take place almost 50 years ago, it is a pretty significant one in helping put Wajima on the map, and showing how exciting he could be.
Nitroday - "Boxer"
For a second week running we've not got a video with an actual boxer in it, but this is a song called "Boxer" by Japanese rock band Nitroday.
The song sort of gives us vibes of English rock band Placebo, in terms of vocals at least.
Whilst not the best video, in fact the acting in the fight scene is nothing short of hammy and the sort of thing you'd see in a 1980's B movie, there song it's self is pretty decent.
Despite being called "Boxer" we only actually see a replica wrestling title, with a WWE title being flashed on screen.
If nothing else we suggest a few will get a laugh out of how poorly choreographed the fight at the end of this is.
Today's bout dubbed with English commentary was the second between the then Japanese Super Featherweight champion Koji Arisawa (15-0, 12), a hugely popular domestic fighter in the 1990's and early 00's, and talented southpaw challenger Yutaka Nishida (14-6-1, 3).
Although not too well known in the West Arisawa had a genuinely sizable following, was a second generation fighter and part of a fighting duo with his brother Kazu. This was his third defense of the title, and came well before his career defining fight, a loss to Takenori Hatakeyama. Nishida on the other hand was getting his third shot at the title and likely knew it was now or never.
One of the amazing things about boxing is just how global it is. Sure we get fighters making a name for themselves at home, but we often see fighters from one country relocating and building their careers somewhere else. One such example is that of Janibek Alimkhanuly.
Here we a small documentary on Alimkhanuly and how he begin training in Los Angeles, with some clear language barriers.
This is certainly a good insight into some things we don't typically see, though, sadly, it is a documentary where the target audience is clearly those who understand Kazakh. If you don't you will lose a lot of the details let go in this, but there is still a lot of interesting behind the scenes stuff here for those wanting to see what Alimkhanuly goes through in the gym.
UVERworld - "PRAYING RUN"
After back to back cheesy music videos featuring Guts Ishimatsu we turn to something a little bit different to kick off a new month.
The track here is a Jrock song called "PRAYING RUN" and is recorded by a band called UVERworld. If we're being honest it's a song we genuine quite like and like many other Japanese rock songs it combines English and Japanese lyrics to give it a catchy and odd sound.
This video doesn't feature any actual boxers in major roles, but does feature quite a bit of boxing in the video. Not only is the sport depicted in the video but footage is filmed at EBISU K's box boxing gym and the old style OPBF title is also shown on screen. Whilst we haven't managed to identify any any boxers here, we do suspect some of the background cast are legitimate fighters.
Some things don't fit in elsewhere on the site so have been put here as a result.