People who follow us on twitter will occasionally see us posting short clips from fights. These are typically knockouts or memorable moments. A lot of the KO's used in those clips end up in our "Reliving The Finish" series, where we try to share some of the best KO's in Asian boxing history. But the non-KO weird moments have never had a home on the site until now, where we will begin to share those odd moments on the site.
This series really has no over bearing theme, but is just going to be a collection of weird moments, shared sporadically.
We want to begin this one with one of the strangest endings to a fight we've seen, and one that really was a confusing mess, that probably resulted in the correct winner, but the wrong method of victory.
The bout in question is the 1997 clash between Yamato Mitani (10-3, 8) and Joselito Rivera (14-3, 10), and we join the fight at the start of round 12
The two men were battling for the OPBF Super Featherweight title, which had been vacant, and their bout had been rough. In fairness all Mitani bouts were rough and his battles with Yong Soo Choi were rough, tough, gruelling thrillers.
From the bell to begin round 12 the two men almost instantly began wrestling. Then, only seconds into the round, Mitani essentially pushed Rivera backwards through the ropes, with both men spilling out on to the floor. It was a weird moment that seemed to get weirder when camera's showed Rivera on the floor next to a table, a table that he had crashed into.
The referee gave Rivera 5 minutes to recover, though the clip doeesn't show the 5 minutes as it's from an abridged version of the fight. Rather than continue Rivera's team removed his gloves and as a result Thai referee Ukrrid Sarasas called the bout, at an official time of 51 seconds into round 12.
We probably should have gone to the scorecards for a technical decision here. It appears very much like an accidental foul causing an injury that should have taken us to the scorecards. Instead it was ruled a TKO win for Mitani.
At the time Mitani was leading on 2 of the scorecards, and would have won the technical decision had the bout gone to the cards.
Sadly there was never a rematch to follow up this oddity. Instead Mitani would lose the belt 7 months later, to Kengo Nagashima, then retire whilst Rivera would be out of the ring for 10 months before returning to action, and subsequenrly claiming the GAB title.
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