This year has a lot left to give, and as we all know the Asian boxing calendar gets a bit crazy in the last few months of the year, with November and December both set to be massive months!
Of course it's not just looking towards the future that we need to do, but also looking at what we've already had, and boy have we had a great year so far!
As part of the "Treasure Trove" series we are going to share some of the most interesting fights from 2019 that may have passed you by, with full videos and some back ground details of those bouts. We're looking to shine an extra light on something you may have missed, be it a FOTY contender, a thrilling KO, a good old fashioned war or something else we feel deserves extra attention.
The only rules for fights included in this series is that they can't have been aired on American or British TV, as we want to shine a light on fights that haven't been given that level of attention, and that we're able to share them directly as an embedded video, as we obviously want you, our readers, to see them. Sadly this rules out some of the great fights on Boxing Raise.
To begin this new series we're going to look at a novice bout that was thoroughly entertaining, very short, but a fight that deserves to be seen.
Yuki Yazawa (0-0) vs Kazuki Nakamura (0-0-1)
Coming in to this it seemed unlikely either man would go on to get any attention. It was just an obscure novice bout on the undercard of a typical domestic Japanese card at the Korakuen Hall. The bout was one of the 5 bouts scheduled for 4 rounds and it held no real interest. A 30 year old debuting Yuki Yazawa wasn't tipped for any sort of great success, and at 32 years old Kazuki Nakamura was hardly a young fighter honing his craft.
Whilst Yazawa was making his debut it is worth noting that Nakamura had fought once as a professional, almost 14 months earlier, being held to a draw by fellow debutant Takumi Sato, who went on to win his next 2 bouts.
The bout genuinely could not have been any more nondescript going into it. There was nothing the bout had working in it's favour. Some how though it ended up being a bout that has been viewed close to 140,000 times on the official video put up by the promoter. It's a bout that features 3 knockdowns, a dose of show boating and a side order of a brutal knockout.
This is short, this is novices in action and this is our first from the Treasure Trove, which going forward will be posted every Wednesday following this first treat.
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.