We begin the new year with some more musical fun! This time some in ring karaoke, as opposed to the Karaoke we shared on Christmas day!
In recent year's been serenaded by Tyson Fury after a bout, and some may even remember Daiki Kameda doing the same thing in the 2010's. What we have here is an older example of a boxer singing after winning a bout.
This is Japanese Light Middleweight Koichi Wajima singing to the fans after defending the WBC and WBA titles in 1972 against Matt Donovan. Donovan was stopped in 3 rounds and the champion, still full of energy, showed there was more to him than his ability to box as he entertained the fans at the Nihon University Auditorium.
This is admittedly quite a short clip, but it's clear that Wajima was a natural entertainer.
For Christmas we're bringing you a double dose of musical goodness, with something a little later as well as this!
Here we have a Korea TV show hosting a a pair of boxers, two for the price of one, with former world tittle challengers Young Kil Bae and Hee Jung Yuh, who are a married couple, singing what we believe to be "Prince of the Sea" by Myeong Soo Park, though if anyone wants to correct us please do!
The song, at least to us, has a very "Pet Shop Boys" vibe, "Go West" maybe? Of course it doesn't sound great but seeing how uncomfortable the two look is brilliant and credit to the two for being involved in the show, especially in the ring walk attire they are are wearing.
This is odd, but the sort of thing that we all enjoy on Christmas, terrible singing and people embarrassing themselves!
We have something a little bit more professional coming up later today for those who enjoy these musical segments every week.
For those who have enjoyed these, the good, the bad, the bloody awful, we'll be continuing them in 2021 as there's a lot more boxing related music out there!
We continue Manny Pacquiao month by taking a diversion this Friday but a rather interesting diversion as Pacquiao's mother, Dionisia Pacquiao, "blessed" the world with her rendition of "Wrecking Ball" by Miley Cyrus.
If we're being honest we though Manny was a bad singer but it turns out he's a better singer than his mother who...well...lets just say she sounds a million times better on mute than she shoes with volume.
We'd say "enjoy this mess" but there's no enjoyment to be had here, it's just a total tuneless mess....the sort of thing you'd send over to someone you hate...her voice really is a device for wrecking things, mostly your ears.
In August we spent a month featuring Thai videos, mostly songs from Samart Payakaroon, and for September we've changed focus on to.... Manny Pacquiao, who himself had a rather interesting time with music. Of course being one of the greatest fighters of all time is one thing but that talent with is fists didn't equate to being a great singer.
To begin the month of Pacquiao songs we've gone with a performance Pacquiao did alongside comedian Will Ferrell.
Having one non-singer is bad, having two is really awful, and having one of the most over-played songs of all time really doesn't do this any favours.
Enjoy something that we suspect you won't be wanting a second dose of!
Former OPBF Bantamweight champion Young Chun Min (17-2, 11) is certainly not one of the biggest names from the history of Korean boxing but he was an enigmatic figure after his career came to an end. He set up a number of businesses, most of which failed, worked as a taxi driver and finally found success as a restaurant owner.
Sadly Min was killed earlier this year, after being stabbed in the neck.
Prior to his death Min actually released a musical album and performed a number of musical numbers. Here is Min performing one of his songs on a Korean TV, in full showman attire.
We won't pretend this is our type of music, but it's still interesting to see a former fighter singing like this in front of a live audience more than 25 years after their final professional bout.
Former Korean fighter Chung Jae Hwang (28-3, 25) has had an interesting life. He was a former street fighter, who turned to boxing in the 1970's and had notable amateur success. He would later go on to claim the OPBF Welterweight title and have a solid professional career.
Years, and years, after his retirement from the ring Hwang turned his hand to music and in 2018 released an album.
Following his album was release Hwang appeared on Korean TV shows and took part in some performances, including this one.
Despite his rather unique style we still believe he'd kick our ass so...lets not say anything about the ripped jeans and blazer combination!
Some things don't fit in elsewhere on the site so have been put here as a result.