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!
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.