Jiro Watanabe Vs Khaosai Galaxy
One of the big "what if's?" of the Super Flyweight division is "What if Khaosai Galaxy had faced Jiro Watanabe?" It was a bout many had wanted to see and it was a bout that would have made a lot of sense with Galaxy beign the #1 contender for Watanabe's WBA title, though Watanabe tried to unify with the WBC champion and was stripped by the WBA. As a result of the WBA's action we never got that fight....or did we?
We never got the two men in the ring in a traditional fight, despite a lot of people wanting it, however Japanese fans did, amazingly, get the chance to see the two fighters trade blows in an exhibition contest in November 1994 at the Korakuen Hall, an exhibition that was also shown on Thai TV.
At the time of the exhibition both men had retired with Watanabe not fighting in 8 years whilst Galaxy had retired in 1992. Despite that the two looked in great shape and took this rather seriously, despite wearing head gear for the first round of the exhibition. If you've never seen this it's well worth a watch and leaves open the question of who would have won had we got this fight in the mid 1980's?
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