The Boxingraise service has been truly fantastic and one of the best additions to the boxing scene over the last few years. Whilst it's not the cheapest service out there, costing 980JPY a month, it is a service that has promised a lot, and in terms of quality it has over-delivered with some amazing battles. Today we get to enjoy one of those as part of the The 2019 Treasure Trove. Boy is this a good one!
Yusaku Kuga (17-3-1, 12) vs Ryoichi Tamura (12-3-1, 6) II
To put some quick backstory behind the bout. In 2017 the hard hitting Yusaku Kuga won the Japanese Super Bantamweight title, stopping Yasutaka Ishimoto. In his first defense he retained the belt by beating Ryoichi Tamura in a sensational 10 round war. Kuga would make one more successful defense, blasting out Ryo Kosaka, before losing the belt in July 2018 to Shingo Wake. In his second bout following that loss he got a shot at Tamura to reclaim the belt, with Tamura winning it after Wake vacated.
For those who haven't seen Kuga he is a rough and tough boxer-fighter. He's got heavy hands, though due to being a bit crude around the edges he can't always land the big power shots clean. When he does connect he hurts opponents. Sadly for Kuga his biggest issues have always been his defensive issues. Whilst he has a solid chin, he can be out boxed, and fighters who are smart, like Wake was, managed to out box him comfortably in 2018, showing up major flaws with Kuga.
Whilst Kuga is tough and heavy handed Tamura is more tough and high octane, but has the same defensively flaws as Kuga. What Tamura does so well is physically bully opponents around, pushing them around the ring and unloading an incredibly intense barrage of punches. That energy and output was seen brilliantly in his title win, in January 2019 against Mugicha Nakagawa, but like Kuga he could be out boxed. It was always going to take a very, very good fighter to beat him, but he was beatable.
When we get iron chinned puncher against an iron chinned swarmer we can get some spectacular fights and that's exactly what we got here. In fact this was one of those rare fights that got better the longer it went on.
In the early going Kuga took control, boxing and moving well, landing good clean shots and avoiding many of Tamura's wilder shots. The first 2 rounds weren't bad, by any stretch, but they were surprisingly quiet. Then things came alive in round 3, and in round 5 he put Tamura down. Following the 5th round we had open scoring and that point the bout seemed a foregone conclusion with the scorecards reading 50-44, 49-45 and 48-46 all in favour of Tamura.
Then the bout moved up a gear as Tamura fought like a man possessed trying to keep his title and drag himself out of the hole he was finding himself in. It was with Tamura trying to take Kuga out that we ended up going from a great bout into great bout territory.
If you like rough brawls, a lot of heavy leather and great action this is for you. The bout isn't the quickest to get going, but when it moves through the gears it quickly becomes a sensational war and something that is well worthy of 40 minutes of any fight fan's time.
For a second week in a row we are looking at a world title bout from late in 2019 as he head to the Treasure Trove again, and bring you a very interesting bout. In fact this was the final world title bout of 2019 and is one we feel is very much an over-looked bout, which combined skills, heart, toughness and competitiveness. It was a bout that was very well fought, swung one way then the other, and saw both men having moments, with very, very different styles. Was it a Fight of the Year contender? No, was it a damn good bout? Hell yes!
Kazuto Ioka (24-2, 14) vs Jeyvier Cintron (11-0-0-1, 5)
Japan's Kazuto Ioka is one of the most accomplished fighters to ever come from the country. He is, at the time of writing, the only Japanese man to win world titles in 4 weight classes and is a genuine star in his homeland. The Osakan won the WBO Super Flyweight title in June, stopping Aston Palicte in another under-rated bout, and was making his first defense here as he took on his mandatory challenger. Although not too well known in the West, sadly, Ioka has managed to win titles from Minimumweight to Super Flyweight, and has a genuine who's who of lower weight fighters on his resume. He's beaten the likes of Oleydong Sithsamerchai, Akira Yaegashi, Felix Alvarado, Juan Carlos Reveco and McWilliams Arroyo, and has spent a huge chunk of his career fighting at the top. Although technically a well schooled fighter Ioka is a small Super Flyweight, he makes up for that however by being versatile and one of the best body punchers in the sport.
In the opposite corner to Ioka was talented Puerto Rican Jeyvier Cintron, a 2-time Olympian. The 24 year old Cintron was a wonderfully talented technical boxer, who looked like a natural Super Flyweight when compared to Ioka. He was big at the weight, very polished from his days as an amateur and a southpaw. In the eyes of some it was perhaps a bit too early for Cintron to get his shot, though he had earned it by beating Koki Eto in a title eliminator and he had also beaten the likes of Eliecer Quezada and Marvin Solano in the professional ranks. Although clearly a talented fighter this was seen as a big leap up in class, despite how good of an amateur he was, and this was to be his first bout at world level. He had travelled to Japan with a lot of self belief and seemed confident of upsetting the Japanese star.
From the opening moments it was clear that Cintron had the edge in speed, size and reach, and he was using his jab brilliantly to dictate the distance and tempo of the bout. Ioka was being coming forward but was struggling to cut the distance as Cintron began to show he was ready for this level of a bout. The challenger looked every bit a star in the making, whilst Ioka was quickly forced to change from trying to box with Cintron.
As we went through the early rounds Ioka managed to adapt. He moved from trying to box, to turning things into a fight, cutting the distance and working the body of Cintron. It was a needed change, and was something that managed to get Ioka a foot hold in the contest, something he was starting to need. The change in tactics not only got Ioka some control of the action but also began to see him slow Cintron, as the challenger had to dig deep and look to change his own tactics.
For those seeking tactical chess matches this is a real over-looked gem.
To end 2019 we got a host of world title bouts, one of which saw a pair of veterans put on a great showing in a bout that easily outshone all expectations and was much, much, more entertaining than it had any right to be. It wasn't a Fight of the Year contender, in the grand scheme of things, but was certainly a sensational post-Christmas treat for fight fans as we began to prepare for the end of the year.
Akira Yaegashi (28-6, 16) Vs Moruti Mthalane (32-8, 25)
In one corner we had former 3-weight world champion Akira Yaegashi, a popular Japanese warrior who had losses piling up but kept a solid cult following for the way he fought, and his in ring mentality, which focused more on thrilling fans than doing things the easy way. At the age of 36 and with a host of wars behind him it seemed almost certain, win or lose, that this was going to be his final bout at world level. He had given more than he needed to to the sport, and it had a taken a toll on his body over the years. He had suffered numerous injuries over the years, most notably to his eyes but also a nasty injury to his jaw early in his career, and yet was determined to reach the top one more time.
In the other was the often over-looked Moruti Mthalane, a sensationally talented South African who was defending the IBF Flyweight title. Mthalane had been unbeaten in 11 years coming in to this, with 3 world title reigns. Had Mthalane been heavier he would have been someone fight fans would have adored. He was aggressive, smart, and technical. He had given Nonito Donaire one of his toughest bouts, way back in 2008, and had been involved in a number of over-looked classics, including a brilliant 2012 clash with Ricardo Nunez. Sadly poor decisions had seen Mthalane lose a number of his prime years, but he remained very fresh faced at the age of 37 and was looking to record a third straight win over a Japanese opponents, having stopped Masahiro Sakamoto at the end of 2018 and the beaten Masayuki Kuroda in May 2019.
Despite a combined age in their early 70's hardcore fans knew these two could fight. What few expected was a really sensational bout. We knew they could go, but we also knew neither man was in their physical prime. What we ended up getting however was something amazing.
Early on we saw Yaegashi fighting on the move, setting distance and a high tempo to try and neutralised Mthalane's compact pressure. It was a smart gameplan from the Japanese warrior, who knew that mixing it up close with Mthalane wasn't going to be a good idea. Mthalane stayed tight defensively and pressured well, with the champion obviously knowing this wasn't going to be a sprint.
As the rounds went on Yaegashi began to go through the gears before Mthalane forced the bout to become a war, using his footwork to cut the distance. As early as round 3 the men were standing toe to toe and unleashing big shots, then trying to avoid the response. It was incredible to watch some of the back and forth we were getting, and it was very easy to forget that both men were the wrong side of 35.
Going into round 4, we knew we were getting something rather damn special. Though questions were hanging over both fighters. Could Yaegashi's body and engine hold up for 12 rounds? Could Mthalane, who had looked fantastic in beating Kuroda, really take the win against Japanese boxing royalty in Japan?
For those who missed this at the end of 2019 do your self a favour and enjoy this treasure from late in the year. For those who watched it live...you know it's worth a re-watch!
Many of the bouts we feature here are relatively long ones, but today we go into the Treasure Trove and grab a short bout, with a brutal finish. This is one of the shortest bouts we'll cover in this series, so our write up of the fight will be short, but it's one that really you have no excuse to not watch. It's short, it's exciting and it ends in one of the best KO's of 2019.
Shuichiro Yoshino (10-0, 8) vs Harmonito Dela Torre (20-2, 12)
Although not not well known in the west Shuichiro Yoshino is one of the rising stars in Japan in the Lightweight division. He's a very heavy handed boxer-puncher, who has scored a number of very eye catching KO's, including a truly brutal shot to lay out Kazumasa Kobayashi in December 2018. Coming into this bout he had pretty much proven to be the best Lightweight in Japan, with 4 defenses of the Japanese title. He was looking to make the move up from Japanese class to Asian class with this bout, as he was looking to unify the Japanese title with the vacant OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific titles. On paper this was a chance for him to graduate from domestic class, to regional champion, and move towards a potential world title fight.
Filipino fighter Harmonito Dela Torre had once been seen as a top Filipino prospect. He had debuted at the age of 17 and had won his first 19 bouts in a row, before losing to Mongolian Tugstsogt Nyambayar. He had struggled to bounce back from that loss, losing to Chinese hopeful Yongqiang Yang, but had beaten Richard Betos in a confidence builder before facing off with Yoshino. Despite the set backs Dela Torre wasn't to be over-looked. He was just 23 years old, but had managed to drop Nyambayar, and was very competitive with the Mongolian, his record didn't reflect his power. For him this was a chance to jump from prospect to regional champion, if not world title contender.
Despite being the under-dog it was Dela Torre that started the bout on the front foot, pressing forward and backing up Yoshino. Yoshino managed to regroup but was backed up again as Dela Torre continued pressing, launching off huge right hands, and connecting with a number of them. This was no feeling out round, in fact there wasn't even a feeling out minute, as Dela Torre looked to jump on Yoshino before the local man could settle.
Given how short his bout is, we won't go any further than this, but for a short, sweet, exciting fight, this perfect. For those with only 10 minutes to spare, watch this, you will not regret it!
Every so often a fight comes along that really surprises us in how action packed it is. It might be a sloppy mess of a fight, but it's still a watchable, almost fun, sloppy mess of a fight. Today we pick one of these from the Treasure Trove, and it's a really fun fight, that's much better on replay than we remember it being live.
Heuk San Lee (10-1-2, 5) vs Gyung Mo Yuh (5-6-3, 1)
Korean based Cameroonian born fighter Heuk San Lee, also known as Abdoulaye Assan, is a man we hope to cover in more detail in a total stand alone article one day. The former Cameroonian standout fled his homeland in 2015 and became a refugee in Korea, boxing to help secure his refugee status in the country. He managed to secure his status after a real battle outside of the ring and adopted the Lee Heuk San name. As part of his fight to become a refugee he essentially had to prove a number of things, such as his life being at risk if he went home and his ability in the ring. In 2017 he won a Korean 154lb title and continued the battle. At the start of 2019 he was 35 years old, 8-0-2 (3) but with a loss to In Duck Seo in March he lost his unbeaten record. He was hoping to end the year on a high as he attempted to capture a the KBF Korean title, taking on Gyung Mo Yuh for the vacant title.
As for Gyung Mo Yuh, he wasn't someone getting much attention at all. He had lost more than he had won, he was 33 and had shown almost no promise early in his career. In fact Yuh had started his career 0-4 way back in 2007, and was 1-5-2 after 8 bouts. He had, in fairness, turned things around going 4-1-1 in his previous 6, but was still mostly fighting at a low level, and lost to the only fighter of any note up to that point, losing a decision to Sung Jae Jo in January 2019. Also, rather notably, this was was going to be his 4th fight of 2019, and he had already fought 23 rounds before stepping in with Lee.
From the opening round it was clear we were set for something rather fun. About half way through the round Lee got Yuh in the corner and went to work on the Korean national, who showed some nice defense skills before turning the tables and taking the fight to Lee, bullying the Cameroonian on to the ropes, time and time again, unloading on him repeatedly. Everything he had taken in the corner was being repaid with interest. Round2 was similar, but Lee was now starting to make Yuh pay for his aggression, landing some clean counter shots.
Yuh wasn't going to be discouraged by the counters of Lee and kept the pressure going in round 3. By now the action was getting sloppier, but we were sold on what we were seeing. We were seeing hunger and will form Yuh, and skills from Lee. We were seeing one man determined to wear the other one out, even if it came at a cost and risked seeing Yuh empty his tank.
For those who like battles of attrition, high volume of heavy leather and don't mind sloppiness slipping in as the fighters tire then this is genuinely great. Even when it gets sloppy late on we still see a number of thrilling, toe to toe exchanges as both men unload.
This might not be the cleanest bout in history but it's a genuine hidden treasure from 2019, and a great example of what Korean boxing managed to deliver last year.
Every so often a division we don't tend to think of much in Asia delivers a fight of real value and excitement. Today we look at one such fight that took place at 154lbs in November 2019, and whilst it became a bit one sided by the end it was genuinely brilliant to watch live, with contrasting styles and an air of tenseness. This wasn't a Fight of the Year contender, don't get us wrong, but it was a genuine treasure hidden away just days before the WBSS Bantamweight final.
Hironobu Matsunaga (15-1, 9) vs Koki Koshikawa (9-1, 6)
In one corner was the once beaten Japanese Light Middleweight champion Hironobu Matsunaga. He had been riding a 9 fight unbeaten run since losing in the 2014 All Japan Rookie of the Year final, where he lost to Yuki Beppu. During that 9 fight winning run he had built his career really well with wins against the likes of Sanosuke Sasaki, Je Ni Ma, Koshinmaru Saito and Nobuyuki Shindo. He was an aggressive fighter who was physically strong, a bit limited defensively but pretty much an exciting bully in the ring, with a great engine and an under-rated jab.
Whilst Matsunaga had, arguably, over-achieved by winning a Japanese title having failed to even win Rookie of the Year Koki Koshikawa was seen as an under-achiever of sorts. He had been a solid amateur, and had been tipped for big things when he signed with the Celes Gym, but an early winning run was ended when he was clearly beaten in 2015 by Koshinmaru Saito. He had bounced back with 5 wins, including one over Daisuke Sakamoto in his final bout, but hadn't really impressed in the way many had anticipated.
The bout began with Koshikawa pressing forward, using his jab to apply pressure to the champion. It was a confident and competent start from Koshikawa who seemed to momentarily wobble Matsunaga late in the opening round, before being clocked hard himself moments later.
The second round saw the challenger again coming forward in the early going but less than a minute into the round we started to see more pressure being applied by the champion, who was finally finding his groove. It wasn't consistent success for the champion, but there was more moments for him, and he had began to back up Koshikawa, who continued to have moments.
The last 30 seconds of round 2 were genuinely brilliant and saw the bout move up a gear as both men began to unload huge shots on each other. From there on the bout took a real thrilling feel and things began to get brutal with Koshikawa getting cut early in round 3, and bombs going back and forth through the round.
If you missed this one it's worthy of a watch, especially given the current lack of live boxing.
Earlier in this series we looked at Yuki Nagano's Japanese Welterweight title win, which saw him stopping Ryota Yada in Osaka in April 2019. Around 5 months later he had a home coming defense, as he returned to Tokyo to defend the belt against 35 year old veteran Makoto Kawasaki. For Nagano this was his first defense, whilst Kawasaki was almost certainly going into the bout knowing a loss would be the end of his career.
Yuki Nagano (16-2, 12) vs Makoto Kawasaki (11-7-1, 2)
As mentioned Yuki Nagano was making his first defense of the Japanese Welterweight title. The 30 year old from the Teiken Gym had lost 2 of his first 4 bouts, but was almost 6 years removed from his previous loss and had won 14 bouts in a row. Those had seen him win the 2015 All Japan Rookie of the Year and score victories over Yuki Beppu and Ryota Yada. Nagano had proven that he was heavy handed and a relatively smart southpaw boxer-puncher. Rather than wading forward he laid traps, moved backwards and lined up his straight left hand, boxing to set up his power shots rather than forcing them.
As for Makoto Kawasaki he had managed to score a draw against Koki Tyson on his debut, in 2012, but struggled to make an impact on the sport. He had been beaten by the likes of Hironobu Matsuaga, Noriaki Sato and Ryota Yada. Despite the set backs Kawasaki continued trying and had come into this bout on the back of wins over the big punching Kentaro Endo and the experienced Yuichi Ideta. It seemed, coming in, that Kawasaki knew he needed to win. He wasn't going to get another chance. Sadly though everything was stacked against him. He lacked power, he was 35, he was going up against a new champion with momentum behind him and despite being tough there was few backing him for the upset.
To his credit Kawasaki went into the ring not caring what others thought. He was there to win, and quickly landed some eye catching blows, including a solid body shot about 15 seconds in. It was clear that whilst Kawasaki was cautious of the power of Nagano he wasn't afraid of it, and was happy to press the champion, something he did with genuine success. About 80 seconds into the round he seemed to shake Nagano, following up with combination, and he was the one making a fight of things. Nagano had success but it was a round to the challenger, who seemed to end the round finding range for several big right hands.
We won't ruin anything but the first round, but this was a short and dramatic little fight, well worthy of a watch.
Earlier in this series we looked at a Japanese Midddleweight title bout, and amazingly the men involved in that would later go on to have a second thriller a few months later, giving us more amazing rounds of their rivalry. Unlike their first bout, which ended in a draw, the rematch left us with no questions as to who was the better man. Whilst we had a conclusive ending this time, it doesn't take away from the fact we ended up with another cracker.
Kazuto Takesako (10-0-1, 10) vs Shuji Kato (10-1-2, 6) II
In March 2019 Kazuto Takesako saw his perfect stoppage run come to an end, as he was held to a draw by Shuji Kato in a mandatory Japanese title fight. For Takesako it was a successful defense, his second, but was a less than impressive performance. He had struggled mightily with the southpaw jab, the movement and the relaxed defense of Kato. The challenger exceeded expectations in not only taking the power of the champion but also landing plenty of leather of his own.
After 10 rounds both men had felt like they had deserved the win. Just 5 months later we saw them go again.
This time Takesako knew what to expect from the slippery Kato, he knew he had to find a way around the jab of the challenger and that he needed to find a way to neutralise the southpaw stance of Kato. As for Kato he knew he had to do more, and make sure the judges didn't have any questions as to who deserved the win.
The opening round was very much round 11 of their rivalry, rather than round 1 of fight 2. Just like their first fight Takesako was on the offensive, backing up Kato who tried to slip and slide, use the ring and his jab. Unlike the early staged of fight 1 Takesako was having success very early and was forcing his fight on to Kato, with the pressure having success early on. Kato was able to soak it up, and landed some meaty blows of his own, but it was clear, this wasn't a normal opening round.
If the opening round was round 11 of their rivalry then round 2 of this bout was certainly round 12, with the round being violent from the off. It was clear Takesako wanted to get revenge for being taken the distance and he was unleashing massive power shots. Kato was taking them, and landing some solid counters, but was clear having his toughness tested early. If he could see out the early storm then there was a chance he could get to Takesako late, especially with the way the champion was throwing everything with bad intentions, and leaving himself open for counters.
We won't ruin any more of the fight, but lets just say this is brutal, this is exciting and this is a bout that mean so much to both men following their draw. Neither man was in the ring to lose, and both had to dig deep with both men landing some very heavy leather as they both began to slow. A genuinely punishing battle for both men!
For today's Treasure Trove we get to relive a fight that promise a lot, as the Japanese Welterweight title was on the line. The bout won't go down as the best Welterweight bout in Japan in 2019, but it's certainly a good one, and one well worthy of a watch, especially if you missed it first time around.
Ryota Yada (18-4, 15) vs Yuki Nagano (15-2, 11)
It's fair to say that Ryota Yada had one of the best bouts of 2019, his sensational war with Yuki Beppu, it's worth noting that that wasn't his only bout from the year. Another came several months early with Yada, the then Japanese Welterweight champion, faced off with mandatory challenger Yuki Nagano. On paper this looked like a fantastic match up, and whilst it didn't have the high drama and intense ups and downs of the bout between Yada and Beppu it certainly is worth a watch.
Yada, for those who aren't aware, is a boxer puncher from Osaka, he's not the most talented, but as we saw with his bout against Beppu he's heavy handed, tough, takes a good shot and is an aggressive fight. Technically he's basic, but he's strong, powerful, comes forward and makes fighters pay. When he lands opponents know it. He had held the title for just over a year, beating Toshio Arikawa for it in April 2018, and was looking to make his third defense as he went into his first mandatory title defense. On paper he was probably the slight favourite. Not only was Yada the champion, but he was also fighting at home, in Osaka, with Green Tsuda, his promoter, in charge of the event. It's also worth noting that despite having 4 losses on his record he had won 15 of his previous 16 bouts, after a 3-3 start, with the sole loss coming in a regional title fight.
Yuki Nagano on the other hand was a Teiken fighter, coming from Tokyo to fight in the lion's den. He had earned this title fight with a win over Yuki Beppu in 2018, as part of the 2019 version of the Champion Carnival, and had been riding on a solid unbeaten run of his own coming in with 13 wins in a row, including notable ones against Riku Nagahama and Yuki Beppu. Nagano, like Yada, wasn't the best boxer out there. He was, however, a crafty boxer-puncher, fighting out of the southpaw stance and blessed with concussive power. He was less powerful, less heavy handed and less physically imposing than Yada, but more rounded as a fighter, and certainly better at using an opponents aggression against them.
From the off it seemed clear that both men believed they had the power to take the other out, but they also knew they had to be cautious, as their opponent could also bang. This saw almost a tense stand off, with Yada being the one who was mostly coming forward, but doing so in a way that made it clear he didn't want to take a clean left from Nagano. Nagano, who did have moments on the front foot, was looking to line up the left time and time again.
As the fight went on we saw Yada becoming more aggressive, pressing more, trying to close the distance and press the challenger into a mistake. Nagano was however soaking up the pressure well and tagging the champion with solid lefts.
In the middle rounds the fight started to warm up nicely, with both taking a growing number of clean shots and from there on it felt like the fight could be over at any moments.
For those expecting an all out war, like Yada's bout with Beppu, this isn't that, this is more technical, and strangely more tense, but is a compelling watch. Especially if you don't know the result!
The Treasure Trove has had some great fights shared in it, and we dig back into it today for another, less well known, fight from 2019 that's well worthy of a watch. This time we go to Hong Kong of all places in a bout that was thrilling and also rather sad, as it essentially put boxing in Hong Kong on the back burner, at least for the short term
Raymond Poon KaiChing (7-1, 4) vs Xiang Li (6-2-1, 2)
In one corner was Raymong Poon, the rising star of boxing of Hong Kong, the man to fill the void left by Rex Tso. He was exciting, young, fresh faced and talented. Although Poon didn't exude the natural charisma of Tso or the skills of the "Wonder Boy" he was another good looking kid with potential, power, high out put and the tools to make a mark on the sport. Aged 24 at this point he was riding a 5 fight winning running, after starting 2-1, and had scored a decent win in summer 2018 over Ryo Narizuka.
In the opposite corner was Chinese 20 year old Xiang Li, a genuinely unheralded fighter who didn't have much of a name at all at this point. Li had made his debut in April 2017 and had struggled to make a mark of any kind, and had lost his only other outside of the Chinese mainland. On paper he had little to threaten Poon. He lacked power, he lacked momentum and he was fighting in Poon's home of Hong Kong. On paper he was expected to just put up an exciting performance but clearly lose to the local.
What no one did, was tell Li he was there to lose.
From the opening round it was clear Li was much better than his record suggested. It turned out he could could box, he knew what he was doing and was able to match Poon for output. This immediately made the action a lot more exciting than anyone thought it had any right to be. Poon seemed the heavier handed, and the more aggressive, but Li showed he could hold his own, with smart counters, making Poon pay for his misses.
Poon's pressure, especially early on, made the fight fun to watch, and several times he went low taking the wind out of Li's sails. It was Poon's pressure making the fight, but it was Li's counters that were adding to the excitement. Li wasn't running away, but was counting in combinations, with eye catching exchanges and thrilling back and forth action.
For those who haven't seen this it's a fun little hidden from last May. Don't get us wrong, it's not an incredibly high level fight, but it's a real fun one all the same between two energetic young men each willing to let their hands go in an attempt to impress the judges.
Genuinely a fun low level fight, where the man who was supposed to lose really does surprise us all and does more than just plays his part in a great little bout.
Takahiro Onaga is a regular contributor to Asian Boxing and will now be a featured writer in his own column where his takes his shot at various things in the boxing world.