Last week we featured a song used for Masayuki Kuroda's first world title fight, against Juan Carlos Reveco, what's worth noting is there was a whole new track released for Kuroda's second world title bout, his 2019 clash with Moruti Mthalane.
This was "Victoria" by Koji Irving which not only acted as a catchy little song to help inspire Kuroda but also featured Kuroda as a star in the video.
Irving, for those unaware, is a Latin guitarist, singer, composer, goodwill ambassador and plenty of other things. He was born in Mexico but has lived in Japan since he was 7 and this was one of his most notable tracks, helping him get attention with boxing fans.
Given how the previous Kuroda related track sounded like a pub song this is very different. This is polished, professional, toe tappingly catchy, and deliberately something you can sing along with in the chorus. A smart bit of work here by Koji Irving!
In February 2013 Masayuki Kuorda had his first world title bout, as he challenged Juan Carlos Reveco at the end of the month, for the WBA Flyweight title.
To help get behind the Japanese fighter there was a support song made for Kuroda, this short track which is certainly...interesting.
Although it's nothing special musically we do love this idea of getting behind a fighter with a song like this and would kind like to see more these things done in the future to help cheer on a local fighter.
It should be noted that Kuroda and the Kawasaki Nitta Gym do have a very close relationship with the local soccer team, the Kawasaki Frontale, and a chant like this certainly has a soccer stadium feel to it. A really good idea to try and get behind their man and get in their opponents head. It didn't get Kuroda at the time, but an idea we do, genuinely, like
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