The Asian scene at Lightweight isn't the strongest right now, but that doesn't mean we don't get good bouts in the division or even exciting moments. In fact just last year one of the best KO's in Asia came in a bout at Lightweight. Not only was it a great KO but it came in a bout that saw the WBO Asia Pacific and OPBF titles being unified in what was a very short, but exciting bout. Of course "Reliving the Finish" isn't about the division or the bout but the finish, and this was brutal.
Shuichiro Yoshino (10-0, 8) vs Harmonito Dela Torre (20-2, 12)
Entering the bout Shuichiro Yoshino was the OPBF and Japanese Lightweight champion, an unbeaten fighter with a reputation for his power. Harmonito Dela Torre was a promising Filipino who had shown a lot of promise before starting to struggle in his career. Despite Dela Torre losing his way slightly he hadn't travelled to Japan to lose, instead he was at Korakuen Hall looking for a career defining win and to get himself back on the right track.
From the opening moments Dela Torre came forward, being super aggressive and trying to make sure Yoshino couldn't settle. It was a smart, but risky game plan from the Filipino youngster.
For around 2 minutes Dela Torre was getting the best of things of things and had Yoshino on the retreat. It seemed like he may have even buzzed the local star at one point. He continued to unload and then, just as Yoshino was looking in trouble, he landed a brutal left hook. He dropped Dela Torre hard with one of the sweetest shots he'll ever land.
Once again we've included the real "as live" footage and the replay footage, which includes slow motion and an alternative angle. The reverse angle is brilliant in seeing how Dela Torre was instantly out cold when the shot landed.
This is a truly spectacular KO and one that Yoshino's highlight videos will be full of if, or when, he gets a big fight at world level.
Thinking Out East
With this site being pretty successful so far we've decided to open up about our own views and start what could be considered effectively an editorial style opinion column dubbed "Thinking Out East" (T.O.E).