In 2013 Takane Okamoto worked with the then WBA Super Featherweight champion Takashi Uchiyama, who appeared in a short promotional video for the song "Hitman".
Sadly it's not a video for the full song, but given the rock sound and the hard hitting sounds this would have worked fantastically well with Uchiyama's style and power and it's a real shame we didn't get a full track version. Just this short one.
Okamoto would remain somewhat relevant in boxing and would go on to do the national anthems at the May 6th 2013 show, that featured Uchiyama nearly gutting Jaider Parra and Kohei Kono's hard fought loss to Liborio Solis.
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We continue with this rather strange break from boxing with another in our "boxer in music videos" series, unfortunately we've not come up with a catchier name. This time we use a singer who will be very familiar to Japanese fans, and in fact has often been heard in boxing circles. This video brings him together with a Japanese boxing icon and a Japanese baseball player, Matonobu Tanishige.
The singer in question is rapper AK-69, who's music has been used as walk on music by a number of Japanese fighters including Kazuto Ioka and Akira Yaegashi.
In the video for "Upside Down" we see Matonobu Tanishige discussing things with former WBA Super Featherweight champion Takashi Uchiyama [内山 高志]. Sadly the discussion is just in Japanese, with no English subtitles, but it's still interesting to see Uchiyama being featured in a video of such a big Japanese musical star.
Some things don't fit in elsewhere on the site so have been put here as a result.