One of the great things about this series, even if it is only planned to be a short lived one that's going to run to the end of 2019, is the fact we get the chance to rewatch some amazing and totally obscure action. Action that wouldn't get a mention elsewhere, and we get to shine a light on rounds that left us with our jaws on the floor. Today's round sees us head back to Korea and we again see an obscure Korean domestic fight turn into an all out war between two novices who were both looking to advance their careers. The punishment they took in the bout may limit how far they go, but damnit we enjoyed them beating the living snot out of each other!
The bout we focus on this time around came in October and saw Seung Hee Lee and Jin Soo Kim really go to war in a way that Koreans really do specialise in. More specifically the round we look at here, is round 3, and man what a violent round this was.
It was clear that defense wasn't in the mind of either fighter, as both believed they had the power and toughness needed to take the other man out, before they went down themselves. The round, amazingly sees both men eating clean heads shots repeatedly and staying up right, some how. At the lower weights it wouldn't be a huge surprise to see fighters take so many clean shots, but these two guys are fighting at 154lbs, and really putting it all on some of the shots.
As with many of these obscure Korean rounds that we feature in this series the quality of the fighters isn't great, but it's the action, the desire and the heart that has us captivated for the full 3 minutes. Neither of these men are going far in the sport, they know it, the handful of people watching at WJ Boxing Club in Yangju know it, we know it, but for 3 minutes these two have every bit of our attention and they aren't going to let that go until the bell ends.
Unsurprisingly neither man has managed to return to the ring since the October rumble, and we wouldn't be surprised if both were still hurt in some way after this incredibly punishing bout.
This past week has been a hectic one with a lot of notable action, some big and some small. We've had world title bouts, regional title bouts, domestic title bouts, shows almost constantly,and so much action that we know we've missed things! Rather than waxing lyrical about what we've had, lets take a look at our weekly award winners.
Fighter of the Week
Wanheng Menayothin (54-0, 18)
Unbeaten Thai Wanheng Menayothin has been guilty of cruising through recent defenses and looking worse than he is. This week however he shone, and completely dominated mandatory challenger Simpiwe Konkco in what is one of the best performances from Wanheng. The Thai eased his way into the bout and then really shut down the South African challenger as he took a clear and wide decision win. Their are question about Wanheng's overall competition but there is no doubting how he good he looked here, and if he kept this level of performance up going forward he really could end his career with a 60-0 type record with some more genuinely solid defenses under his belt.
Performance of the Week
Edward Heno (14-1-5, 5)
It's rare to get the Performance of the Week to a fighter who lost, but this week we were incredibly impressed by Edward Heno in his very competitive loss to Elwin Soto. We rate Soto highly and Heno pushed him all the way in a fantastic and contest that was only won by a couple of late rounds. Heno's skills were on show through the middle rounds, though sadly he did end the bout feeling the effects of the Soto's body shots, and had clearly slowed as we went into the championship rounds. Despite the loss we expected to see Heno back at world level sooner rather than later, and that's in part to to how good his performance, in a loss, was.
Ryo Tanimoto (4-2, 3) vs Yusaku Sekishima (8-2, 4)
Every so often Japanese boxing gives us a little cracker hidden down card on a much bigger show. This week get one such bout as Ryo Tanimoto and Yusaku Sekishima gave us a sensational little 6 rounder at Korakuen Hall. The bout started slowly, with both looking to box their way into the fight, but by the final 30 seconds of round 3 the pace was already increasing and from then on it just got better and better with the two getting closer to each other and letting bigger shots go on the inside. This wasn't an all out war, by any stretch, but was a thrilling, competitive, fight that combined boxing with brawling and got better round by round. This was a great little hidden gem for the week and a bout we really enjoyed.
Seung Hee Lee vs Jin Soo Kim (4)
We won't lie and pretend that the Korean bout between Seung Hee Lee and Jin Soo Kim was a technically show case of high tempo boxing and the the perfect combination of technical boxing and exciting action. What we got instead was rock em sock em robots as two novices just swung bombs at each other. Every round here was entertaining, sloppy wild and crazy. Every round of this fight was fantastically fun to watch, but as the two men got more and more tired their movement slowed to a standstill and the bombs were just launched back and forth. This was just great fun to watch, but the type of round that much make trainers pull their hair out.
No KO was considered for this award this week.
Sadriddin Akhmedov (10-0, 9)
Talented Kazakh youngster Sadriddin Akhmedov showed there was more to his boxing than just power punching and aggression as he out boxed Mexican foe Johnny Navarrete, who retired in his corner after 7 rounds. It feels like Akhmedov is just about beyond the prospect stage of his career, but it's not to be impressed by the very talented and promising 21 year old, who looks every bit a world champion in the making. We suspect that this time next year he will be a definite contender and he is seriously one to keep an eye on.
Romero Duno (21-1, 16) Vs Ryan Garcia (18-0, 15)
There's a lot of fights coming up over the next few days, and one of those is a mouth watering clash between hard hitting Filipino Romero Duno and flash American Ryan Garcia. This bout is likely to see bombs thrown, both fighters getting hurt and be a real test for both men. Garcia is certainly the more well schooled and sharper fighter but Duno has legitimately destructive power and we are really looking forward to seeing what happens when these to face off.
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