Our final One to Watch for 2019, or rather our first one to watch for 2020, sees us focus on Korea where we had a really surprising amount of great action in 2019.
The One to Watch?
Sung Min Yuh (3-0) Vs Se Yul Yang (3-4-2, 1)
January 5th (Sunday)
Firstly lets make it very clear, we love boxing in Korea! The Korean scene is starting to get off life support, at long, long last, and the KBM system appears to be leading the charge and slowly developing a workable eco-system based on developing fighters from novices to title fighters. Here we see one of their most promising young prospects moving a step towards a title fight as he fights in an eliminator. In the opposite corner with a tough, but limited, foe, looking to get his career back on track after 3 straight losses.
The 18 year Sung Min Yuh debuted in March, and despite struggling to get a win over fellow debutant Jae Woo Kim he managed get better through the year, and closed 2019 with a big domestic win over the then 6-0 Yoo Seung Jun. That win over Jun was a stellar victory for the youngster, who showed a good boxing brain, dictated the distance, landed good solid counters, and also showed a willingness to mix it up when he needed to. It wasn't a flawless performance, far from it, but for a youngster in their third fight there was a lot more positives than negatives to take from the bout. Despite being a Korean fighter he shows smart defensive work and looks rather slick, not a word we would often use to describe a Korean fighter.
Aged 23 Se Yul Yang is a bit older than the teenage hopeful, and a bit shorter, but he is also much more experienced and aggressive. He's been in tough, recently facing Japanese hopeful Rei Nakajima on the road, and has lost his last 3 however he shouldn't be written off here. He has proven he's tough, he's game and he comes to fight. His limitations, lack of power, and relatively short stature will always be a problem at Light Middleweight, but he takes a shot well and comes back looking to return fire with interest. In many ways he's your typical Korean domestic level fighter. Lots of will but limited skill.
What to expect?
We are expecting to see Yang's aggression really forcing the best out of Yuh, who will need to be at his defensive best. If Yuh can establish his jab, control the distance and box at range he can make this easier for himself, but we have seen, time and time again, that Yang will take risks, rush forward, cut the distance and let shots go. Yuh will be able to rack up rounds behind his boxing, but will, sooner or later, get dragged into a brawl, and it's he responds to those moments that really matter here.
The bad news?
Don't expect world class skills. We like Yuh a lot, but he is still a novice, and doesn't appear to have had a strong amateur background. Yang is pretty much a limited action fighter. Also these two could end up having styles that clash like curry on mash potato.
One of the unique features of Japan, and South Korea, are the Rookie of the Year tournaments. Whilst the Korean ones are a bit confusing, due to the fact the KBF, KBC and KBM all have their own tournaments, the Japanese one is relatively simple, and comes down to the best in East Japan fighting the best from across the rest of Japan in the All Japan final in December. Today we look at one of the East Japan semi-final bouts, and wow what an amazing bout this was!
Shu Nawai (2-1, 1) vs Yuichi Baba (3-4, 3)
The 21 year old Shu Nawai had debuted just a year earlier, losing to Katsuki Mori, but had bounced back with wins in January and July, including a blow out win over Tomonori Sakanashi. Given his age and lack of experience he was a genuine Rookie, however he was fighting out of the Watanabe gym and given the talent in the gym it was fair to suggest he had learned a thing or two from his talented stablemates. He was a boxing baby, but with high quality fighters around him, we expected to see him develop quite a bit early in his career. No one would suggest he was going all the way to the top, but he was pretty solid novice given his previous 2 performances.
Yuichi Baba on the other hand was a 34 year old who had debuted way back in 2006 but had been away from the ring for over 11 years, before returning in 2018. His return had real mixed success, and he went 2-2 over the year, alternating wins and losses. He had continued that inconsistent form in 2019 with another loss and another win, leaving him 3-3 since his return to action. Although his form was inconsistent he was given a chance, as he was coming from the FLARE Yamagami gym, a decent gym, and had the big edge in physical maturity and experience, with more than twice as many fights as Nawai.
From the opening moments it looked like the older man had the clear edge in skill as well as experience. He boxed on the outside and quickly got behind his jab, picking off Nawai as he came in, making the youngster look like a novice. Nawai would come forward through much of the opening round but he was force fed lefts and rights and eventually dropped 2 minutes into the fight. Rather than the knockdown putting cracks into Nawai's confidence it instead sent him into fighter mode and the rest of the opening round was a wild brawl with Baba throwing an incredible volume of shots. Nawai fought back hard and and the final 30 seconds or so of the round were amazing.
As we went into round 2 the same hectic pace pace continued, and both men went all out to try and secure their place in the East Japan Rookie of the Year Minimumweight final against the unbeaten Katsuki Mori, who had taken a win a day earlier to book his place in the final. Neither man wanted to miss out on the next round and this showed as they dug deep, then deeper.
Despite the bout only being a 4 rounder it seemed like they were going to eventually punch themselves out due to the none stop punching and the intense aggression of both.
This was a brawl, this was exciting and this was exactly what Rookie of the Year means to those involved. This was amazing and is a bout every fan owes themselves a chance to watch. Technically it's crude but the drama, intensity and action more than makes up for the bouts flaws.
It's Christmas folks treat yourselves to this cracker, and enjoy the rest of your day!
Over the coming week or so all the big bouts in Japan, the ones that are worth talking about at least, are getting the full preview treatment, so with that in mind we have to look around for a bout worthy of being our "One to Watch", which of course looks at boxing beyond title level. Look at this weeks action there was a few bouts of interest, the only allows to talk about one of the fighters we mentioned as an honourable mention in 20 for 20 break down. Not only that, but it's a bout in Korea and we all know what that means! It means we're in for some serious fun!
The One to Watch?
Da Won Gang (3-0, 1) Vs Jin Su Kim (3-3, 1)
December 28th (Saturday)
Korean fighters aren't what they used to be. The days of Jung Koo Chang mowing through the Light Flyweight division with his staggering aggression, or In Chul Baek clubbing people into submission with his brutish power, are well and truly gone. Despite that Korean boxing is finally moving in the right direction and going forward thanks to BoxingM, or KBM, who have managed to unearth some exciting. Here we see one of those talented youngsters in action in what is a KBM title eliminator.
Those who read our 20 for 20 list, including the honourable mentions, may recall Da Won Gang getting a mention. We suggested the 19 year old had energy, aggression and brought excitement, and with that in mind every Gang bout is worthy of attention. Earlier in 2019 he won the Battle Royale, the KBM answer to Rookie of the Year, and now he's moving towards title action. The youngster is regarded as one of the top prospects in South Korea and although that perhaps that is damning with faint praise, he does look like a youngster that likes to fight. Sadly his Rookie of the Year final wasn't a great chance to do that, coming against the frustrating Yoon Ki Kim, but this is a great chance for him to show what he can do.
Jin Su Kim is a 23 year old southpaw who is perhaps best known for either a brutal KO on debut against Andrew Silva, in which Andrew was sent face planting one of the tiniest rings we've ever seen. Although no world beater Kim has challenged for a Korean title before, losing a competitive 10 round decision to Min Ho Jung in their second bout. As well as the two losses to Jung he has also lost, understandably, to Japanese prospect Kaiki Yuba. Whilst his record isn't great he has faced better competition than Gang, and will go into this bout with the desire of getting back to winning ways, and securing his second title fight.
What to expect?
This is Korea, and Korean boxing isn't exactly known for it's technical show cases of patience. Sure the top Koreans were capable technical skills that many top fighters wish they could have, but more often than not Korean fighters are known for their incredible will to win, their hunger, desire, toughness and energy. Technically Kim looks a decent boxer, he's light on his feet a very long frame and he tries to fight to his strengths, though often gets dragged into the wrong type of fight. With a good team behind him, he could have been built slowly, and been built into a decent enough domestic prospect.
Gang on the other hand is real prospect, he's aggressive, he cuts the distance and he enjoys fighting on the inside. Physically he's still on the "boy" side of things, and hasn't yet matured into a man. He lacks real power on his shots, but makes up for it in terms of volume, accuracy and physical strength. Despite being a kid he bullies people, he drags them into his fight. Up close and personal is where he looks at home, and where he will be looking to get against Kim.
We'd expect Gang to get inside, go to work and drag Kim into a war. This is unlikely to see a 1-punch KO from either guy, but will be an action bout up close and personal. Kim look to fight fire with fire, but be broken up and broken as a result. Expect this to be a fun coming out party for Ganf, ahead of a title fight next year.
The bad news?
It's currently unclear how the bout will be distributed live, though thankfully it will be made available after the bout on the KBM Youtube channel in the days following the event.
Due to the way that Christmas seems to split big shows only at the end of the year we have brought forward next week's "One to Watch" so as to talk about one more fight that deserves a light on it before we all tuck into our wonderful Christmas lunches, present and celebrate the best day of the year. Yeah we might be biased but Christmas is great! Thankfully there is a really notable show this coming Sunday that fits in perfectly with the ethos of "One to Watch" and this is the All Japan Rookie of the Year finals which take place at Korakuen Hall. We've picked a final that pits unbeaten youngsters against each other, and looks like a brilliant match up on paper!
The One to Watch?
Katsuki Mori (5-0, 1) vs Takumi Chono (5-0, 3)
December 22nd (Sunday)
Rookie of the Year launches some fighters on to big things in the years that follow, with fighters like Masayuki Ito, Ryoichi Taguchi, Daisuke Naito and Katsunari Takayama all turning Rookie success into world title success. The tournament is really a major competition and a proving ground for novices in Japan who use the tournament as a great way to kick start their careers. Here we have two young and unbeaten men looking to launch themselves towards a title fight in 2020, and this is a great platform to shine on.
In one corner is 19 year old Ohashi gym hopeful Katsuki Mori, who has progressed to the all Japan final on the back of his excellent boxing skills, lighting quick movements, a brilliant jab and smart footwork. For a 5 fight novice it's clear he is picking up a lot from being in a gym that has Noaya Inoue and Taku Kuwara in it. He does lack power, but in terms of boxing skills, body punching and clean punching technique he is leaps and bounds above move 5-0 prospects. Notably for someone who doesn't have power he is a strong kid and he easily backed up the supposedly bigger punching Shu Nawai in the East Japan final in November. Somethin that is well worth noting is that through his first 5 professional bouts he has only had 1 round, by 1 judge, go against him. That's the level of his ability, and how in control and dominant he has been so far.
Takumi Chono, on the other hand, is a 21 year old from the little known Chunichi Gym in Nagoya. The gym is a legitimately tiny one, and whilst Mori is getting time to bounce back world class fights Chono is essentially training with follow local novices. On one hand that limits the people he can train with and the progress he can make at the gym, though on the other hand it could give him more determination and fire to prove that he can win the Rookie of the Year with out a big team behind him. So far his career has been pretty hidden, but he's already given 4 men their first loss and has also made his international debut. In the ring he lacks the polish and the skills of Mori, but he makes up for it in some ways with heavy hands and aggression. He has a raw puncher look to him, and although he can be caught he does seem to take a shot well.
What to expect?
We'll not lie, we see Mori as the clear favourite. There just looks to be something very special about the teenager, who seems like the type of fighter who will go on to do big things down the line. He needs time to physically mature, but the foundations are there and he is naturally a very skilled young kid. Despite those skills Mori has shown no fear of fighting on the inside and that could, potentially, give Chono a chance to make the most of his power.
We suspect Chono will know he can't outbox Mori, but he can out punch him, and will look to invite Mori in and land counters. It's a risky strategy to give rounds away, especially in a short 5 round bout like this, but his best chance to win is use his power.
We expect a showcase from Mori, but Chono is certainly a live under dog and will go in with the belief that he has the power to win and as the bout goes on, and his desperation kicks in, we could end up having very exciting back and forth action.
The bad news?
There isn't really much bad to take away from this one! It's not a high profile bout by any stretch of the imagination, but it is a good bout, and as with all All-Japan Rookie of the Year bouts both men will be there to make an impression on the viewers tuning in live on G+.
The legendary Korakuen Hall is one of the sports best venues. It's an intimate little hall in Tokyo, combat sports are a near daily event and the venue consistently delivers great action. Today's Treasure Trove sees us picking one of those great bouts from the Korakuen Hall, and sharing that. It was, going in, not a bout we had high hopes for, but it delivered, in fact it massively over-delivered giving us a great fight that combined skills, power, physicality, action and drama. It lacked the up and down affairs of some great bouts, but it was still brilliant, and a real tough man's fight between two novices, each looking to break the other down and beat them into submission.
Yoji Saito (1-1, 1) vs Aso Ishiwaki (5-2, 3)
Going in the 23 year old Yoji Saito was favoured. He had turned professional with a decent amateur background, and had dropped Shu Utsuki on his debut before steam rolling rolling through Tameji Ito in his second bout. Although not the most technical of fighters Saito was a physically powerful guy, who his hard, and given his amateur background was expected to go through the ranks quickly under the guidance of the Kadoebi gym. He was seen as a bit of a bull and in going 6 rounds with Shu Utsuki in his debut he also showed he was tough, able to take shots from Utsuki and keep coming forward.
The 19 year old Aso Ishiwaki lacked the amateur background of Saito but had come through the Rookie of the Year reaching the All Japan final in 2018, where he lost a split decision to George Tachibana. On debut Ishiwaki was stopped in the first round, but following that loss he had developed into a brute, and shined in the Rookie of the Year tournament. This was his first bout of 2019, and with Nobuhiro Ishida behind him the youngster seemed full of desire and ambition. He was regarded as the under-dog, due to Saito's amateur reputation, but he really didn't seem to care about Saito's reputation.
From the opening round what we got was something, very, very special. We had two young men putting it all on the line. In the opening minute or so it seemed like the older man had got the better of it, pressing Ishiwaki back and making the teenager fight off the back foot. As the round went on however both men began to stand their ground more, launching huge head shots at each other on the inside. The intensity was amazing and only got better in round 2 as the fighters proceeded to try and shatter the other's will with one of the best rounds of the year. This was brutal, this was damaging and this was pure machismo on show. This was beautifully balanced brutality with both giving as good as they got.
We'll leave the rest of the bout to you, but if you love seeing bombs thrown, heavy hand traded and two men digging deep this is the bout for you!
For the third time in 4 weeks we take our focus and put it on Heavyweight action, and this time we go all the way over to the UK for "The Fight Before Christmas". The bout is a real oddity in many ways, and will be the first time a former Japanese Heavyweight champion has fought in Europe, and will also see said Japanese Heavyweight take on one of the sports rising stars.
The One to Watch?
Kyotaro Fujimoto (21-1, 13) Vs Daniel Dubois (13-0, 12)
December 21st (Saturday)
Japanese Heavyweights rarely make any mark at all on the sport, in fact only 2 days before this article goes live we had a very rare Japanese Heavyweight title fight that we suspect very few people outside of Japan were even aware of! This weekend however we see the highest profile bout to ever feature a Japanese Heavyweight, win or lose this is pretty significant bout for Japanese boxing.
Japanese 33 year old Kyotaro Fujimoto is the second ever man to have held the Japanese Heavyweight title, though he went much further than his "predecessor" Noburu Kataoka who won the title in 1957 and failed do anything with it. During his reign Fujimoto made 4 defenses before unifying it with the WBO Asia Pacific and OPBF titles, to essentially become the undisputed champion of the Asia, Oriental and Pacific region. His reign, with all 3 titles, wasn't hugely impressive but getting to the point of becoming a triple champion at Heavyweight was notable for the former kick boxer turned professional wrestler turned professional boxer.
Unbeaten Englishman Daniel Dubois is regarded by many as one of the very best Heavyweight prospects on the planet, and the 22 year old "Dynamite" had been cutting a swathe through his opponents in recent fights. His last 4 opponents have lasted a combined 12 rounds in total and only Kevin Johnson has managed to last more than 6 rounds with Dubois. Despite being very destructive and heavy handed the Englishman has a lot of questions still to answer before mixing at world level. We've rarely seen him tagged, though Richard Lartey did seem to buzz him, and we've never seen him being forced to fight at his opponents pace. However what we have seen has been excellent from the young Englishman who looks like a star in the making.
What to expect?
Those who don't see much Japanese boxing will likely assume that Kyotaro is usually a face first, come forward fighter who takes one to land one. For many that is the stereo typical Japanese fighter, even in this era of highly skilled Japanese boxer-punchers. Kyotaro is a million miles away from that stereotype. He is very much a fighter who is happy to get on the back foot, move, dodge dive and stay away from his opponents when he can. It was a tactic he used with success in K1 and has had success with in professional boxing. The thing is that works perfectly when you're the quicker man, facing lumbering and slow fighters like Herman Ene Purcell and Nathan McKay. It doesn't work when your opponent can cut the ring off, has power, and throws combinations.
We expect Kyotaro will try his usual schtick of moving, but it won't be particularly effective against Dubois who will take a round, if needed, to figure out Kyotaro's game plan and will then turn up the pressure. Kyotaro might have some moments of success, but they will be short lived and Dubois should take him out within 3 or 4 rounds, at most.
The bad news?
The bad news is rather obvious here. This will not end well for Kyotaro. If he manages to make it to the half way point that would be a huge moral victory. The good thing is that he gets the big fight he has craved, it's just a shame it's not going to be a fight that ends with his arm being raised.
One of the great things about following the Asian scene is that we see things that many won't see. One of those great things happened back in August when we got a very short bout, which ended with one of the best KO's of the Year. It wasn't an all out war, it was too short for that, but was because of the brilliant finish that deserved to go on every highlight reel for the year's for the best KO's of 2019.
Ho Joon Jung (0-0) vs Si Woo Lee (0-0)
Debutant pairing of Ho Joon Jung and Si Woo Lee met in a KBC Rookie of the Year bout at Featherweight. Neither man had much to go on, and even now concrete details of both men are lacking. The only real information we have to go on about the two fighters were the ages. Jung was a 17 year old whilst Lee was 19, as mentioned both were debutants and there was nothing we could possibly do to get any idea what we were to expect.
Despite no expectations of anything special we got a explosive finish after around only 90 seconds!
Juny, in the black and gold shorts, looked the more natural boxer but Lee was the aggressor for the most part, pressing the fight, trying to get close and neutralise the reach and height of Jung. Just 50 seconds in the two men found themselves trading blows, and from there on the bout seemed to instantly get a huge shot of excitement. That excitement would end in dramatic fashion.
Whilst this bout isn't an out and out piece of boxing treasure the ending is! And we need to say a huge thanks to @Hock1717 for helping unearth this contest, we suggest all boxing fans follow him for all the great work he does in sharing more of the sport!
In the coming days we'll get the chance to see a potentially brilliant Light Flyweigth bout from Tokyo, which hasn't got much attention, but given the fighters involved we are are expecting a very, very fan friendly bout. In one corner we see an all action youngster who looks to press and over power opponents whilst his opponent is a 2-time Japanese title challenger. The bout might not be a high profile one, but it promises to deliver real action!
The One to Watch?
Tsuyoshi Sato (9-1-1, 5) Vs Masashi Tada (13-6-3, 8)
December 11th (Wednesday)
We get the chance to see a rising prospect taking on a man who is recognised on the domestic title scene and has twice challenged for domestic honours. Add that to the styles of the two men and we are potentially set for a very, very fun bout.
Sato is one of the fighters that has really caught our eye in 2018 and 2019 with a string of really exciting and aggressive performances. The 22 year old, who turns 23 just days after this fight, is the next in a long line of all action fighters from Japan and is a genuine must watch action fighter. He's flawed, and not even close to being the best Light Flyweight in Japan, but his awkward southpaw stance, added to his power and pressure make him someone we always love to see in action.
The 30 year old Tada, who debuted more than a decade ago, has had a bit of a stop star career but has mixed with good company and proven his toughness. He first fought for a Japanese title back in 2014, when he lost to Go Odaira, but came again and challenged Kenichi Horikawa earlier this year. Whilst he's certainly no world beater he's a very good domestic fighter and his only stoppage loss so far came to big punching Flyweight Masamichi Yabuki. He's a fully grown man and might be able to stand up to Sato's pressure in.
What to expect?
We are expecting to see Sato's pressure and aggression go up against Tada's toughness and experience. Sato should, if he's as good as we believe, take home, the win, but we'd be very surprised if he didn't have to really earn it. With only 8 rounds from his last 3 bouts combined Sato does need to have his stamina tested, and he's yet to go beyond 6 rounds, so this should see questions answered about his gas tank.
Tada might not be invincible but it's hard to imagine him folding quickly to Sato, and if he can take Sato deep there is likely to be opportunities for him to turn things around and over-come his young foe. He will however need to get Sato's respect early and make sure not to to let the younger man build too much momentum before fighting back.
If Sato doesn't break down Tada inside 4 this could have a very interesting final 4 rounds. On the other hand a quick blowout for Sato would be a huge statement for the youngster.
The bad news?
At the time of writing this hasn't been confirmed as a Boxing Raise show, and we'll likely need to wait for Kadoebi to release the fight on Youtube.
One thing we have a lot of in Asia is interesting novice bouts. Be those Rookie of the Year, or equivalents, or just novices battling it out at the start of their careers. The good thing about this is that these fighters are evenly usually matched, with both fighters believing they can win. If both fighters think they can win, both will fight like they think they can win, and this makes for great action. Great action can lead to great drama, and today's Treasure Trove article is a novice bout from Korea that is very short, but very dramatic. It lasts just over a minute but features 3 knockdowns.
Kook Min Moon (2-1, 1) vs Yo Sub Lee (1-1)
The younger of the two men was 19 year old southpaw Kook Min Moon, who had fought all 3 of previous bouts in 2017, before taking just over 2 years away from the ring. In his first run he hadn't really done a lot, with a KO win over Leonard Park being the highlight, and KO3 loss to Tae Won Jun, just a month later, being the low point. Given his break from the ring there wasn't really much to say about him entering this bout.
Yo Sub Lee on the other hand made his debut just 4 months before facing Moon. On debut he was beaten over 4 rounds by fellow debutant Eun Sung Park but bounced back with a win over I Rok Son. He was 23 and again there wasn't too much to say about him, other than that he was, apparently, taking a break from his studies at university.
Although neither fighter really intrigued us too much the bout was part of the Boxing M "Battle Royale 3" tournament, the KBM's answer to Rookie of the Year. The bout was one of the quarter final bouts of the Super Featherweight tournament so there was a carrot dangling in front of both men to win, given the prize money for winning the Battle Royale is decent for a Korean novice.
With the bout lasting just over a minute there isn't too much we can say about the contest without spoiling it completely, which we don't really want to do. What we can say is that this was wild and it took barely 20 to see the bouts first knockdown, as the two traded wildly. From there the bout never really slowed down until a rather odd ending.
Inexperience showed here, but excitement took hold as a result!
This coming week is a really busy one, with so many fights that it should have been easy to find an interesting bout that features an Asian fighter in a non-title. Surprisingly however it wasn't as easy as expected and turned out to be quite an awkward week. Looking deeper however there was a Heavyweight bout that did excite us, and came on probably the highest profile card of the week.
The One to Watch?
Mahammadrasul Majidov (1-0, 1) vs Tom Little (10-7, 3)
December 7th (Saturday)
A former amateur Super Heavywight sensation taking part in his second bout, with his handlers looking to move him very quickly, against a fighter who should ask some questions and has mixed with, though been beaten by, some very good fighters. Whilst this isn't expected to be a competitive bout it will help us compare Majidov to some other Heavyweights, at this very early stage of his career.
Russian born Azeri Mahammadrasul Majidov is among the hardest punchers to have ever fought in the amateurs. He punched like a mule, and even with amateur gloves on he was knocking people out whilst carving out a very successful amateur career. He was a 2-time World Amateur champion, winning in 2011 and 2013, and scored notable amateur wins over the likes of Erislandy Savon, Ivan Dychko, Anthony Joshua and Roberto Cammarelle. As well as the amateur success he was also able to have success in the WSB, and scored wins over Ruslan Myrsatayev and Tony Yoka. Although a huge puncher he is limited and at 33 years old it's clear his team have to move him very fast.
Tom Little is a 32 year old English Heayweight who has been in with some of the more notable Heavyweight hopefuls, with losses to Daniel Dubois and Filip Hrgovic, as well as David Price. He's doesn't do anything great, but did manage to survive into round 4 with Hrgovic and Price, and round 5 with Dubois, showing there is some resillience there, and he has enough tools in the locker to test someone who is slow and technically crude, as Majidov often appears to be.
What to expect?
It's clear this bout is expected to be a second stoppage win for Majidov, and with Little coming into this bout on the back of 3 straight stoppage losses, and more than a year out of the ring, it should be an easy one. Majidov is unlikely to become the professional star that his amateur pedigree suggest he could be, he's simply too old, but he should shine here against a a limit but game opponent. Little won't look to quit, but we see Majidov breaking him down and getting rid of him after 4 or 5 rounds of heavy, heavy shots from the Azeri.
The bad news?
This bout is sadly taking place in Saudi Arabia on a card that appears to be a very distasteful one and one that certainly has some moral questions over it, and that's ignoring the high PPV cost for the main show. We know some fans don't think the sport has any moral reasons to avoid Saudi Arabia, though for us a country that persecutes it's citizens and has state sponsored assassinations of journalists is a country we'd rather not have in the sport.
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.