The year has been a long one, and today's Treasure Trove comes from way back at the start of the year, it's a long way buried deep in the trove, but is something that was really fun, rather wild and a little bit crazy. The bout was actually buried on a card and fought after the show's main event, and whilst that's not usually a good sign this was a bout that should have kept fans in their seats. It was the sort of crazy, fun, intense brawling fight that we love watching, even if the fighter's health isn't going to be helped by the battle they are engaging in.
Jian Wang (7-1, 2) vs Seong Yeong Yang (6-2-4, 3)
China's Jian Wang entered as a 22 year old hopeful who was looking for his 6th straight win. The local hopeful had shown promise, but was very much a fighter who was hoping to deliver more than he had already. His lack of power was an issue, and both of his stoppages had come against the same limited Thai opponent, but he had shown enough for those in China to get just a little bit excited about thanks to his work rate and fan friendly style. It was hoped that as he matured he would learn to sit on his shots more and develop his physical strength and power
Yang, also 22 years old, was a Korean youngster fighting outside of his homeland for the first time. He was 2-2-4 after his first 8 bouts, but had managed to reel off 4 wins coming into this and had shown a willingness to have a war. On paper the bout wasn't just his first bout on the road but also a massive step up in class, and a bout where he had to be regarded as the under-dog. He had some momentum, sure, but he had little else, other than his will to win and desire to become the new WBO Oriental Youth Super Bantamweight champion.
What we ended up with was a wild bout that saw both men often neglecting defensive responsibilities and just letting leather fly at the Suzhou Olympic Sport Center. The visitor knew he was up against it and was often the one pressing the fight letting shots fly and was happy to eat a big counter to land shots of his own. Wang was the more defensively sound, and the cleaner puncher, but he was also the one with the less impressive energy tank and was the one fighting on the back foot.
What we got was a pretty fight, but was an action packed one with a lot of intensity, some very fan friendly exchanges and some of the widest and wildest hooks you'll ever see, with Wang throwing some shots so wide that they could have landed on fans in row 3...and even then he some how managed to land them on Yang.
This isn't one for purists, but it is one for those who just love a good old fashioned tear up.
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.