Right, we promise to leave Thai boxing icons alone for a while after this one, as we again include a cheesy song from Samart Payakaroon, who is joined by Khaosai Galaxy and Somluck Kamsing, a trio that have previously been included in one of these articles in the past.
The song is called "เมียพี่ไม่รู้", which translates as "I Don't Know" is again pure cheesiness and clearly seems to have had it's video done with the fighters having their tongues well in their cheeks. It's based mostly around a somewhat aging Samart being flanked by women, before talking to Khaosai and Somluck in some speaking segments. Parts of the video wouldn't look out of place on a modern day R'n'B video, but that's juxtaposed against the 3 fighters who are all showing their ages.
The humour here is great and the story of the video is certainly a funny one that ends with Samart sporting a black eye from his wife.
It's silly, it's daft, it's cheesy and it's different. Compared to the other Thai video's we've included this month the is one of the longer ones, but we have no issue with that. Sadly, however, we have no idea what the lyrics mean!
For this week's fight with (badly) dubbed English we're sharing the 1989 clash between Yuichi Kasai (1-0, 1) and Osamu Nagaishi (0-0). This was Kasai's second professional bout as he rose through the ranks, later becoming a 3-time world title challenger.
Even if you hate these videos that we put together with the English, this one is worth watching for the finish, if you've never seen it before. It is genuinely spectacular.
It really feels like we're picking on Thai greats this month with another cheesy music video used to promoter a a song from Samart Payakaroon. Despite that we love cheesiness and as a result we absolute love these videos from Thailand and from what must have been a very weird time in Thai music.
Unlike some songs that are pretty cheesy by accident we suspect this one was deliberate made to be silly given it was titled "N̂ảphrik plā thū", which roughly translates as "Spicy Mackerel"...we've not translated the lyrics but that would suggest the song is about fish...at least that's the idea we're sticking with!
Very silly again from the Thai legend, but very much good for 2020 after the horrors we've had already this year.
This week we give a world title fight the English Language treatment as we look at the WBO Super Flyweight title bout between defending world champion Naoya Inoue (8-0, 7) and Filipino challenger Warlito Parrenas (24-6-1, 21), in what was actually Inoue's first defense of the title.
In the 1970's and 1980's Japanese boxing had a number of notable domestic fighters. Among those was Jackal Maruyama. Here is a short documentary about Maruyama.
We're not totally sure when it was produced, or who by, but for those want to see some behind the scenes training and learn something about the first ever Japanese national Super Featherweight champion this is worth a watch. Even if it's not the most accessible of documentaries.
For those who haven't seen Maruyama fight before we really suggest fans check him out, and his third bout against Tsutomu Itokazu is well worthy of 15 minutes of anyone's time.
Last week we included a song that saw a trio of Thai's singing a rather terrible song together, of course that wasn't the only time where we saw some Thai boxing icons singing, and needless to say many of the songs weren't great.
The song for this week is Samart Payakaroon's "อ่อนซ้อม", which translates roughly as "Soft rehersal".
The video and the song all sort cheesy and a mess.
Don't expect any musical mastery here, but it is a rather humourus video and one that sees one of the greatest kick boxers in history not taking himself too seriously. A bit of silliness is never a bad thing and this is certainly silly.
Earlier this year we saw the professional debut of Rentaro Kimura (0-0), as he faced off with Yuya Azuma (5-3-1, 1) at Korakuen Hall. The match up was highly anticipated, because of how successful Kimura had been as an amateur, and was expected to be a test for Kimura.
Although there was no fans for this bout, given what was going on in the world when the bout took place, the bout it's self is one that really does deserve attention, and it's a shame that Kimura's debut did lack a live crowd. Saying that however, he has kept us talking about him since this bout took place! He is really one to keep an eye on going forward, as you'll see by the end of this bout.
When three of the baddest mofo's in Asia team up you'd expect something brilliant, exciting and hard hitting. Instead we saw Khaosai Galaxy, Samart Payakaroon and Somluck Kamsing give us something that was...unique.
The trio, which are genuine combat sport royalty in Thailand, come together to give us something rather bizarre. We can only assume this has come about from either at the pub or a crazy bet.
Not is the song...not very good musically, but the outfits the three men are wear are just bizarre.
Khaosai Galaxy is often regarded as one of the best Super Flyweights in history, Samart Payakaroon is one of the greatest Muay Thai fighters ever, and a damn good boxer as well, and Somluck Kamsing won an Olympic gold medal. This is not a trio of men you can push around, so we really need to wonder who came up with this idea....and whether they are hiding following this mess.
To begin the month of August we've decided to dub a fight involving a man we bloody love, and that's Akira Yaegashi. Here we look at Yaegashi's professional debut as he took on the much more experienced Tomoyoshi Nakayama (8-8-1, 1) at Korakuen Hall.
For those, like ourselves, who love seeing a man develop from novice to champion this is a great chance to see what a young, baby faced, Yaegashi looked like, and it also ends with a brilliant finish from the future cult fight fan favourite.
Some things don't fit in elsewhere on the site so have been put here as a result.