In recent year's we've seen the Ohashi Gym become one of the major hotbeds for Japanese talent, thanks to the likes of Akira Yaegashi and Naoya Inoue. The man behind the gym was himself a fantastic fighter, and a 2-time world champion back in the early 1990's. That was Hideyuki Ohashi who we get to shine a light on today with one of his most eye catching KO's from 1989.
Hideyuki Ohashi (11-3, 7) vs Boy Kid Emilia (5-3)
So as we mentioned Hideyuki Ohashi was a 2-time world champion in the 1990's. Prior to winning a world title he was touted very highly, and was expected to be a major star, despite having suffered 3 losses in his first 14 bouts. It's hard to believe now, in this day and ave, but a fighter with early losses wasn't always written off, and a fighter could take risks. That was particularly true of Ohashi who had twice lost to Jung Koo Chang by this point in his career.
Although he had 3 losses to his name Ohashi had now moved down in weight, leaving the Light Flyweight division to compete at Minimumweight, the division that he would have success at. In his 4th bout after losing to Chang, for the second time, Ohashi took on Boy Kid Emilia.
We don't really know much about Boy Kid Emilia other than what boxrec has about him. So according to them he debuted in 1986, lost 2 of his first 3 bouts before reeling 44 straight wins. He seemed to be getting his career back in track before a decision loss in summer 1989 to future world champion Manny Melchor.
Despite his boxrec record there is some dispute over how experienced Emilia was. Whilst Boxrec list him as being 5-3, and listed him as 3-3 back in 2016, the on screen graphic stated he was 12-4-1 (2). In reality he was probably more experienced than boxrec suggest, but we're really not sure how experienced.
Sadly for Emilia a match up with Ohashi didn't go well for him, in fact it appears to have ended his career, in truly brutal fashion. We say appears to, but as with many Filipino's from the 1980's we're not totally sure on that. Given how the bout ended though, it would be little surprise if this was the end of his career. It is a brutal knockout.
The first round saw Ohashi control the action from the center of the ring, fighting in his typical aggressive counter punching style. He was trying to draw mistakes from Emilia who, to his credit, had some success against the much talented Ohashi. Ohashi won the first round but there was nothing to suggest what we were going to see in round 2.
In round 2 Ohashi began to step up his pressure a bit more, tighten his guard, and catch Emilia with some solid shots. About 2 into the round Ohashi pinned Emilia on to the ropes and went to work, although Emilia managed to escape the pressure continued from Ohashi.
That pressure from Ohashi saw him land a huge body shot that could have sent a lesser fighter down. Emilia took it well but a huge right hand just moments later, right on the jaw, dropped the Filipino hard. There was no need to count. This was over. Emilia was out cold before he hit the canvas. The right hand had turned out all of the lights and Emilia's corner man, along with the referee and one of Ohashi's team went over to assist the Filipino.
This is a brutal KO, a sign that even the smallest men in the sport can bang.
As mentioned Emilia doesn't seem to have fought after this KO loss.
As for Ohashi he won the WBC Minimumweight title just 4 months later, claiming his first title. He would lost the belt in October 1990, to Ricardo Lopez, before claiming the WBA title in 1992. More recently he has become well known for the success of the Ohashi gym, and the way he has developed fighters like Inoue and Yaegashi.
One of the great things about amazing KO's is they can happen anywhere, any time and often come in very surprising fashion. Today we look at one such KO which came in the Minimumweight division in 2014 in Monaco. Not only did in come in weight class where we don't many clean KO's but it was a truly brutal finish and a massive surprise of a win for an unheralded Filipino.
Rey Loreto (17-13, 9) Vs Nkosinathi Joyi (24-2-0-1, 17) I
On February 1st 2014 attention turned to Monaco for a rather odd show at the Salle Des Etoiles in Monto Carlo. The main event of the show was Gennady Golovkin taking on Adama Osumanu, in a pretty typical stay busy bout for Golovkin from that time, but the bout that really interested us was a Light Flyweight clash. The bout was between former IBF Minimumweight champion Nkosinathi Joy and unheralded Filipino Rey Loreto.
Although Joyi was never a global star he had been one of the very best 105lbs fighters of his era. He had scored wins over the likes of Sammy Gutierrez, Lorenzo Trejo, Florante Condes, Raul Garcia and Katsunari Takayama. In 2012 he lost the IBF title to Mario Rodriguez and suffered a very close loss to Hekkie Budler the following year, before moving up in weight. In his second bout at Light Flyweight he was facing off with Loreto.
Outside of Asia Loreto was an unknown and with 13 losses from 30 career bouts he was easy to over-look. What that record didn't show was the level of competition and his recent form. It also didn't explain that he had turned things around big time since losing his first 4 bouts and once being 8-11 (4). Just 6 months prior to facing Joyi he has battered former world champion Pornsawan Porpramook into retirement and had proven to be a hard hitting, tough, southpaw. Always a dangerous type of opponent.
After the two men had had two surprisingly competitive rounds it was clear that Joyi was in a tougher test than expected. Saying that however no one would have anticipated what would have happened around 30 seconds into round 3.
Straight from the start of the round Loreto was on the offensive and shook Joyi with a big left hand. The South African was hurt but remained on his feet, at least for a few seconds. Until Loreto landed a similar punch only seconds later. That was it.
The second shot sent Joyi's head spinning whilst sending the former champion to the canvas for only his second stoppage loss. It was a cracking left hand that Loreto got everything behind and landed like a peach, instantly turning the lights out on the former world champion.
Thinking Out East
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