MukaRakat aren't someone we're at all familiar with but one thing we do know is that they have released a boxing related song after Indonesian boxing icon Ellyas Pical.
We won't pretend to know anything about the band but we do know about Pical, the only 3-time world champion in Indonesian boxing history, with the "Exocet" being a 3-time IBF Super Flyweight champion. He is a genuine Indonesian boxing hero even if he's now not too well known by international fight fans.
The song isn't something we're fans of, but credit to MukaRakat for trying to bring extra attention to Pical years after he retired from the sport.
For a second week running we get to look at a song that connects to Indonesian great Chris John, and once again the song really doesn't flatter John, in what sounds like a bit of a music mess.
From what we understand the track was recorded by Misno Syukur and was entitled "Pahlawan Arena", but could easily be renamed "Chris John, Chris John", there's a good chance we may have butchered the translation of that.
The track isn't the best of the Chris John related music out there but it's clear it's been made in good faith. Sadly it's a bad song, but does have a rather catchy chorus. A real weird one and not one we're going to be listening to again any day soon.
We've covered a lot of songs from Japan, a handful from Thailand and the Philippines and even a few from South Korea but this is the first we've got to from Indonesia and is dubbed "The New Dragon Song", with Jemz Celosse working alongside Indonesian boxing great Chris John.
We're not sure who Jemz Celosse is but with title of the song and Chris John being involved it's clear what our focus here is.
John, the former WBA Featherweight champion, is the most successful Indonesian fighter of all time but his success really doesn't transfer over to the field of music, as we found out here.
Musically it's not the worst we've heard, but being totally honest it's not among our favourites either. Still it's nice to have something from Indonesia in this series and fingers crossed we get more from the region in the future.
Sometimes we stumble on things that just seem odd and that's the case here with the 1970's track "Southpaw" by Japanese duo Pink Lady.
Although there's no boxer involved in the video, and the song is certainly not sung by a boxer we can't help but think the name has a clear link to boxing and, years after the song was released, it was actually used by Momo Koseki as her ring entrance song. We will be totally honest and say it's a song we don't like, but it's a song that deserve's a mention on this weekly section where we try to bring the world of musical and boxing together.
Don't expect anything musically great here but still something a little bit weird.
Note - From what we under-stand the lyrics are actually about baseball, but with southpaw also being a boxing term we've decided to include the song here.
Yurika Super Special Q - "HAGE = RAP ~ Bald Revolution ★ Signal of the Beginning ~" (Ft Masayuki Koguchi)
Japanese boxer Masayuki Koguchi is certainly not a name we expect many fans to recognise, unless they were Japanese fans around the start of the millennium, but certainly generated a lot of notoriety due to a number of wig related incidents. Those incidents saw him earning the nickname "The Wig Boxer".
The various incidents with the wigs saw him ending up with various hair growth sponsors and, in 2006, he also featured in a music video for a song recorded by Japanese comedian Yurika Super Special Q.
The song, called, "HAGE = RAP ~ Bald Revolution ★ Signal of the Beginning ~" is a comedy song, but is still rather good, and well worthy of a listen for what is clearly a tongue in cheek rap. It's njoyable, silly and allows Koguchi, who's wig once fell off in an actual fight, to poke fun at himself.
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.
Back in November we were treat to a genuine treat of a bout as the touted Junpei Tsujimoto (6-2-3, 4) took on the unheralded Daiki Ogura (4-3-1, 4) at Korakuen Hall. This bout is one that we suspect went under-the-radar, but sure provided some of the best fireworks we've seen in 2020.
The bout isn't the highest skilled, or the most technical, but it a fun, short, battle that deserves a watch. With that in mind we've given the English commentary treatment to end the year.
We'll be continuing this series in the new year, and will hopefully have more thrilling clashes like this to share.
Back in November touted Japanese prospect Takuma Takahashi (5-0, 5) had his second bout of 2020 as he took on veteran Kodai Kiyota (9-6-2, 9) at Korakuen Hall. The bout was a strange one, with Takahashi being regarded as a future contender on the Japanese domestic scene and Kiyota being very much a man at the end of his career.
Given how well regarded Takahashi is we felt this was worthy of the English Language treat as we headed towards the end of 2020, and onto a new year, a year that should be a big one for Takahashi.
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.
Also Merry Christmas everyone! Hope you're all having a great day after what has been a stressful year for us all. Thank you for sticking with us even when there was no boxing! It's thanks to you guys that we've been able to put these things together.
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!
Some things don't fit in elsewhere on the site so have been put here as a result.