In the last few "What a Shock" articles we've looked at bouts that have gone the distance and seen the under-dog take a decision despite the odds being against them. Today we look at one of the other type of upsets, the blow outs. Whilst some blow outs are put down to fluke, or lucky punch, the reality is that a KO1 win is, in some ways, a lot more of a shock than a fighter winning a close decision against the odds. It's even more notable when the man scoring the win didn't really have a puncher's reputation, and the loser wasn't regarded as chinny.
What we have today is a quick blow out that came as a genuine surprise.
August 13th 2016
Function Centre, Melbourne Park, Victoria, Australia
Hurricane Futa (20-6-1, 11) Vs Will Tomlinson (25-2-1, 13)
For this fight we go back to 2016 for what was described as an "enormous" upset on Australian soil between a fringe world level contender and someone who was building a reputation as a gutsy loser. What ended up happening was a huge surprise, to say the least.
Coming in to the bout Australian Super Featherweight Will Tomlinson was regarded as a fringe world level guy. He had notched decent wins against the likes of Rey Labao, Malcolm Klassen, Alan Herrera and was once seen as one of the bright hopes of Australian boxing. Through his first 28 fights his only losses had come to the under-rated Jerry Belmontes and the world class Francisco Vargas, with Vargas taking him out in 8 rounds. Sadly for him he had looked poor in his two bouts following the Vargas fight, but still seen as someone who was likely to work his way back up to contention and at 30 years old was certainly not "old". He was very much seen as an exciting warrior, willing to take punishment to put on a show, and still a man with life in his career.
In the opposite corner toTomlinson was Japan's Hurricane Futa. Despite the brilliant name Futa wasn't regarded as a particularly dangerous fighter, scoring just 11 stoppages in 27 bouts but he was rugged and tough. Not only had he struggled to score stoppage wins but he had been in a real rough patch in his career as well. He had gone 2-3 in his previous 5, and 3-4 in his previous 7, including a loss to the then unknown Xu Can and a loss to domestic level Japanese fighter Ippo Nishiwaki. He was seen as tough, going 12 rounds with Jhonny Gonzalez, but that was about the only thing he had going for him coming in to the bout. He lacked form, he was the naturally smaller man, having fought much of his career at Super Bantamweight and he was on foreign soil.
On paper this was nothing more than another win for Tomlinson as he began to get his career back on track. Sadly for him no one told Futa he was there to lose.
The bout started quickly and within seconds the two men were letting shots go. After around 15 seconds the two men were wrestling, with Tomlinson finding himself on the canvas. Almost as soon as the bout restarted a left hook from Futa landed clean on the chin of Tomlinson, sending him down for the count.
After just 40 seconds Futa has scored an "enormous" upset, as the commentator put it.
The shot that put Tomlinson down was a beauty, it landed clean and was one of the best punches Futa ever landed. It was also a shot that scored him his biggest win and saw him completely destroy the script within a minute.
Interestingly this would turn out to be Tomlinson's final bout. He never returned to the ring after this loss, despite only being 30 at the time. Futa on the other hand would fight on, scoring another big upset against Vage Sarukhanyan in 2018, and fight for the OPBF Lightweight title later that year, losing to Masayoshi Nakatani. It seems likely that loss will be his final bout.
Thinking Out East
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