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.
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