December 2020 was a huge month for fights, and we got a lot of great action during the month. Thankfully with so many great bouts fans were entertained through the entire month. We were also happy to have a lot of fights that didn't get much fan attention. Today we look at one of those bouts as dig in to the Treasure Trove again for what was one of the most impressive debut performances of the year.
Kanta Kawamura (0-0) Vs Koyo Nakayama (0-0)
On December 8th Korakuen Hall played host to a rather small card, that had 7 bouts on it, including 3 all debutant bouts. Only 2 bouts were scheduled for more than 4 rounds and it was a card that was easy to overlook, even with the involvement of the brilliant Ichitaro Ishii acting as the promoter.
One of the all debutant bouts took place at a contracted 51.5KG's, just over 113.5lbs, and saw Kanta Kawamura, from the KG Yamato Gym, take on Koyo Nakayama, from the Hachioji Nakaya Gym.
On paper there was no reason to be too excited about this one. It was just an all debutant clash a few weeks before Christmas. But to the two men, this one mattered. It was their debut!
Aged 21 coming in to this Kawamura was the slightly older and taller fighter, but other than that it was hard to say he had any advantages. There was no amateur record that stood out, there was nothing about him that screamed he was anything special or that he would be in a fun bout. Nakayama was only slightly younger, at 20, and was giving away around 3" but again there was nothing to say he was going to be in a bout was memorable here. He, like Kawamura, was also not a fighter with any sort of notable amateur background.
Going in to this neither man was touted. Neither man had any notable publicity, and both went in looking to make a statement, and make people sit up and take notice.
From the opening bell Nakayama came out like he knew Christmas was just around the corner. He was aggressive, fighting like a raging bull, storming out of his corner. It seemed as if he felt the quicker he won, or lost, the sooner Christmas would be here and the sooner he could tuck into some KFC. Kawamura on the other hand fought sensibly, backing up, making Nakayama miss, using his reach and skills and landing counters.
From the first 10 seconds it was clear this one was not going to go the distance, and soon afterwards the two stood and traded. It was clear, there and then, that Nakayama was completely out of his depth. He didn't care though. He knew he had to continue pressuring, hoping to land something to turn the fight around. He had come to fight and fight he would!
Sadly the effort and desire of Nakayama was for nought with Kawamura luring Nakayama into one mistake too many, landing two huge right hands as Nakayama flailed away, then an uppercut as veteran referee Akihiko Katsuragi stepped in and waved this over. In just over 100 seconds Kawamura had made us fans and so to had Nakayama.
Although this was an all debutant bout the men were clearly on different levels. The winner showed he had the tools to go a long way, but the loser, he showed that he has the tools to be a very fan friendly fighter. Both guys here won us over and we'll not complain about that!
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.