We've mentioned before that live performances to accompany ring walks in Japan is rare, much rarer than it is in the US, so with that in mind let us share another of those rare moments, this time thanks to the amazing Akira Jimbo.
Naoki Sato's track "Departure" is one of the most powerful sounding tracks out there, and is a genuinely brilliant piece. Somehow Jimbo played the track with drums as "The Monster" Naoya Inoue took part in his ring walk for his December 2017 bout with Yoan Boyeaux.
We don't think we need to say anything about Inoue, his fame transcends Asian boxing, but we will give some props to Jimbo who is one of the most amazing artists in Japan, and has taken things like drums to a whole different level. He was featured on the cover of "Modern Drummer" magazine in 2000 and has used the drums and the set up he has to create sounds that relly don't sound like they come from a drum set up.
In the US having a musician do a live performance whilst a boxer makes their ring entrance is quite a normal thing, in Japan however it's actually really rare and one of the few times we've seen it recently has been when Japanese rapper AK69 has sang out close friend Kazuto Ioka.
An example of it happening in June 2019 when Ioka took on Aston Palicte for the WBO Super Flyweight title.
The rapper sang Ioka out to "Go hard or Go Home", one of our favourite AK69 songs.
Whilst it's rare to see this happen in Japan, we would like to see it more often as this did give the bout an even bigger feel than it had anyway.
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