This week we give a world title fight the English Language treatment as we look at the WBO Super Flyweight title bout between defending world champion Naoya Inoue (8-0, 7) and Filipino challenger Warlito Parrenas (24-6-1, 21), in what was actually Inoue's first defense of the title.
In the 1970's and 1980's Japanese boxing had a number of notable domestic fighters. Among those was Jackal Maruyama. Here is a short documentary about Maruyama.
We're not totally sure when it was produced, or who by, but for those want to see some behind the scenes training and learn something about the first ever Japanese national Super Featherweight champion this is worth a watch. Even if it's not the most accessible of documentaries.
For those who haven't seen Maruyama fight before we really suggest fans check him out, and his third bout against Tsutomu Itokazu is well worthy of 15 minutes of anyone's time.
Last week we included a song that saw a trio of Thai's singing a rather terrible song together, of course that wasn't the only time where we saw some Thai boxing icons singing, and needless to say many of the songs weren't great.
The song for this week is Samart Payakaroon's "อ่อนซ้อม", which translates roughly as "Soft rehersal".
The video and the song all sort cheesy and a mess.
Don't expect any musical mastery here, but it is a rather humourus video and one that sees one of the greatest kick boxers in history not taking himself too seriously. A bit of silliness is never a bad thing and this is certainly silly.
Earlier this year we saw the professional debut of Rentaro Kimura (0-0), as he faced off with Yuya Azuma (5-3-1, 1) at Korakuen Hall. The match up was highly anticipated, because of how successful Kimura had been as an amateur, and was expected to be a test for Kimura.
Although there was no fans for this bout, given what was going on in the world when the bout took place, the bout it's self is one that really does deserve attention, and it's a shame that Kimura's debut did lack a live crowd. Saying that however, he has kept us talking about him since this bout took place! He is really one to keep an eye on going forward, as you'll see by the end of this bout.
When three of the baddest mofo's in Asia team up you'd expect something brilliant, exciting and hard hitting. Instead we saw Khaosai Galaxy, Samart Payakaroon and Somluck Kamsing give us something that was...unique.
The trio, which are genuine combat sport royalty in Thailand, come together to give us something rather bizarre. We can only assume this has come about from either at the pub or a crazy bet.
Not is the song...not very good musically, but the outfits the three men are wear are just bizarre.
Khaosai Galaxy is often regarded as one of the best Super Flyweights in history, Samart Payakaroon is one of the greatest Muay Thai fighters ever, and a damn good boxer as well, and Somluck Kamsing won an Olympic gold medal. This is not a trio of men you can push around, so we really need to wonder who came up with this idea....and whether they are hiding following this mess.
To begin the month of August we've decided to dub a fight involving a man we bloody love, and that's Akira Yaegashi. Here we look at Yaegashi's professional debut as he took on the much more experienced Tomoyoshi Nakayama (8-8-1, 1) at Korakuen Hall.
For those, like ourselves, who love seeing a man develop from novice to champion this is a great chance to see what a young, baby faced, Yaegashi looked like, and it also ends with a brilliant finish from the future cult fight fan favourite.
Somewhere in the weird world that we live in a Thai singer, who is credited as Anna, or Anna Curry, recorded this masterpiece of comedy.
The song "Khaokor, Khaosai", which is presumably dedicated to the Khaokor Galaxy and Khaosai Galaxy, is less than 2 minutes long, and we don't really know what she's saying but the video for the track is absolute gold and one of the best things we have seen in a very, very long time.
Imagine Peter Gabriel's legendary "Sledgehammer" music video, with worse production values and a lot of magic mushrooms.
We're not going to guess the lyrics on this song we implore you to give the video a watch, it's so fun, enjoyable and silly.
We continue this series of covering Asian fights with English dubs by looking at a 2005 bout between future 2-weight world champion Takahiro Ao (8-0, 5) and Korean fighter Jae Choon Moon (6-0, 3). This bout took place in Kanagawa, as part of a card that featured two world title bouts, with both Yutaka Niida and Hozumi Hasegawa picking up wins.
Despite Ao becoming a future world champion, he wasn't known as being a really fighter to watch. Despite that this is one of those bouts that showed he can be fun, at least he could be fun, at times.
Recently we've shared a few videos of songs that have some connection with boxing but not an an actual fighter being involved. That changes today as we turn to Thailand and the legendary Khaosai Galaxy, and his song "ขอบคุณครับ", pronounced k̄hxbkhuṇ khrạb". The name literally translates as "Thank You".
Given that Galaxy was a notoriously heavy handed boxer with a tough chin and was dubbed the "Thai Tyson" this song is pretty odd. The song is just pure, wonderful, unadulterated, cheese.
Khaosai sounds less like a feared boxer and more like a rising male child star.
This is...certainly a weird one...but one well and truly worthy of a listen. It's so odd to hear this sort of a song come from Khaosai.
In May 2005 Takashi Uchiyama (0-0) made his professional debut, fighting at Korakuen Hall against Thai visitor Chandet Sithramkamhaeng (0-1). The bout isn't a very high profile one, but is one we felt deserved our attempt at giving the fight some English Language commentary.
The bout is a short one but a great way to see how Uchiyama kicked off his legendary career that ended up with him having a lengthy reign as the WBA Super Featherweight champion.
Interestingly the one fight on Chandet's record prior to this bout had come against Pungluang Sor Singyu, who also went on to become a world champion.
Some things don't fit in elsewhere on the site so have been put here as a result.